SHORTLY AFTER 1:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 29, a number of people in Pana and the surrounding area were awaken with the pingging noise of hail stones on the sides of their homes and cars.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the southwestern part of Christian County and the southern half of Shelby County around 1:00 a.m. today. The warning expired for Shelby County around 2:30 a.m.
There was enough wind to bring down some tree limbs, but no major property damage was reported. Hail did some minor damage to plants and crops, however the extent of the damage was not known as of presstime today. Rain measured about a half-inch in some parts of Pana as well as in the country.
Shae Cohan snapped these pictures during the storm. The top photo shows the storm, illuminated by bright lightning. At right, one of the hail stones which fell in the Rosamond area and just north of Pana. The hail was nearly the size of a quarter.