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"Wall of White" Terrified Storm Victims



    Hail Damages Homes in Del.

    Neighbors in Claymont, Delaware, say they've never seen anything like it. Tennis ball sized hail pounded homes and cars Thursday afternoon. NBC10's George Spencer talked to neighbors who are beginning the tough job of cleaning up. (Published Monday, Jan. 5, 2015)

    Storm victims in Claymont, Delaware described Thursday's powerful hail storm as a "wall of white" coming down the street, so loud that some said it sounded like a jet was right overhead while another man said it sounded like he had his head in a blender.

    "It's pretty much like how you would expect a blender if you had your ear right up to it," said resident Steven Matters. "You couldn't hear anything."

    But no matter how residents describe the sounds, there's one thing they can all agree on, they've never seen hail like it before.

    "I'm 53 years old -- I've never seen anything in Delaware like that and I've lived in this area all my life" said Brian Dennis. "I've never seen a hail storm that bad."

    Along with the baseball-sized hail balls came extensive damage to homes -- like broken windows and dented siding  -- and a tornado warning. 

    The warning was issued for Kent County from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    "I was so scared," Dennis' daughter Angelica said. "I didn't know what to do or how to react. I didn't know if we should like, hunker down somewhere."

    A funnel cloud was spotted in the area. and winds brought down trees and power lines, even picked up a mobile home and plopped it down in a nearby driveway.

    Fourteen other homes nearby were damaged, said Delaware State Police. Five of those homes, including the mobile home, are uninhabitable.

    A husband and wife, both 51, were injured in the storm.

    The National Weather service will be on site Friday to determine whether or not, a tornado hit the area.

    "It was so loud," said Angelica Dennis. "It was terrifying."