Quatro jovens foram apanhados por uma queda de granizo, enquanto corriam em Grinnel, Iowa. Tiveram que se abrigar numa vala, mas mesmo assim ficaram muito mal tratados, tendo que ser transportados para o hospital, com suspeitas de costelas partidas. Um deles ficou no estado mostrado na foto:
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Storm is Hail on Earth for Jogger
April 8, 2010
WHO said exercise was good for you?
This jogger suffered horrific injuries when he was caught in a storm raining hail the size of golf balls.
Photo: Ouch ... hail gave jogger huge welts
Four college students in the US town of Grinnell near Des Moines, Iowa, had to be taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs after being pelted by the huge chunks of ice.
They were rescued from the side of the road — from a ditch they were using for cover — by motorist Pat Crawford and her husband who drove them to safety.
Mrs Crawford was so shocked by one of the boys injuries she snapped pictures of the welts which covered his body.
She said: "There was a kid in the road looking like he was flagging things down. And you could tell he was a runner because he had the running shorts on, he was barefooted, and he looked pretty beat up."
Storm spotters reported 1-1.5in hail stones in the area.
The storm also snapped poles, damaged trees and caused other damage with wild gusts clocked at 75mph.
The student, who has not been named, told Mrs Crawford that the group were forced to seek shelter in the ditch when the hail became too intense but had to leave it when they worried they might drown as water started flooding into it.
She said: "They thought it was a tornado, which a lot of us thought it was a tornado.
"So they laid in the ditch, which was a good idea but they were just getting the tar beat out of them and the ditches were filling with water, so they knew they couldn't stay there."
Experts Say Hail Can Hit At 100 MPH
DES MOINES, Iowa --
A photograph of a Grinnell College runner battered by hail stones during a storm on Tuesday has raised questions about what people should do when they're outside and severe weather strikes.
KCCI viewer Pat Crawford took pictures of the runner after she rescued the group with her minivan. Their bodies were covered with welts after they were hit with hailstones.
"It was unbelievable," she said. "I've never seen a human body that looked that beat up and they were still walking around," Crawford said.
Urbandale High School girls track coach Randy Hutchinson said his team runs outside in all kinds of weather, but they never go out when there are active watches or warnings.
"I've never seen it," he said. "I can't imagine golf ball or baseball-sized hail falling from the sky. That's crazy."
A severe thunderstorm warning, which includes the potential for hail, was in effect in the Grinnell area on Tuesday.
Most people don't realize how far or how fast hailstones fall.
"If you're caught outside, we see hailstones as large as baseballs traveling at 100 mph," said Polk County Emergency Manager A.J. Mumm. "Obviously, (that's) very dangerous."
He said a ditch might provide some shelter, but said that increases the danger of flash floods. He said trees aren't effective shelter because they could topple in wind and lightning.
"If people can't seek shelter, at a minimum, cover your head to provide some protection to the body," Mumm said. "The body will absorb some of the punishment, but at a minimum, try to protect the head."