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From Sunny Skies to Hail Storm

A warm, sunny morning turned abruptly stormy Friday as hail and rain pelted the Santa Clarita Valley.
    “The hail was the size of marbles coming down,” said Mike Long, telecommunications manager at The Master’s College, where a baseball game with Azusa Pacific University was called because of rain and hail Friday afternoon.
“It sounded like a bomb going off,” said Betty O’Brien, switchboard operator at the Newhall college. “Kids were sliding around on their bellies in the baseball field.”
    A student at William S. Hart High School said the storm hit her campus around 2:45 p.m.
    “It was cool,” the 17-year-old senior said.
    Hail and rain also hit Santa Clarita Valley freeways, where it caused some problems. On state Route 14, the southbound onramp at Via Princessa was closed when a car hit a light post, causing it to teeter precariously.
    No one was hurt, but California Highway Patrol officers said the ramp will remain closed because of exposed live wires. Southern California Edison Co. crews were on the scene.
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works reported .32 inches of rain had fallen by about 6 p.m. Friday. The rain gauge is located at Fire Station 73 on San Fernando Road in Newhall.
    Mostly cloudy skies and a chance of showers are forecast through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
    “This is so strange,” California Highway Patrol spokewoman Wendy Hahn said of the weather.
    “I blame it on my sister-in-law, Sarah Hahn, who moved here from New Jersey,” she quipped. “She brought the weather with her.”

From Sunny Skies to Hail Storm

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