A severe thunderstorm recently swept through the Black Hills, producing lightning, strong winds, and hail. Although the storm has passed, damage to it is still being assessed.
Hart Ranch Camping Resort was south of Rapid City hit the hardest by the storm on August 27. Hail of the size of a baseball fell from the sky, destroying skylights and car windows. Tim Schnabel, Hart Ranch Camping Resort Manager, can attest that Mother Nature is a force not to be underestimated, a report said.
Schnabel stated that the hail hit just after 7 PM. “It was so sudden it seemed to hit hard”.
James Weeks, a camper, says that he and his wife were shocked to hear loud thumping sounds outside their camper. “When it was over, the ground was just bare and we spent most of our working years in snow country and we thought we would be there again, but we weren’t.”
Weeks explains that they were caught in the middle of a severe storm. “The vent in the bathroom actually burst so the water was coming down. Fortunately, it was just above the shower so the water actually went down the drain and came out again. Some people suffered interior damage.”
Schnabel said that this is proof of hail insurance in South Dakota. “Last time it was this severe it was around 2011. That’s when some really significant damage occurred so we had a 10-year run without any such substantial damage but we live in hail ally so it will happen.”
Everyone said that they were thankful for the damage to only material items and that no one was hurt.