Severe storm brings big hail stones

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Mid Canterbury has been hit by a severe storm moving up the South Island.
Lightning and thunder swept across the district from around 1.30pm.
And darkening skies pre-empted a downpour of soft hailstones, before the main event saw a deluge of large, hard hailstones rained down.
In down-town Ashburton pedestrians stayed sheltered under verandah’s and in cars as hail bounced off the road and parked cars.
The storm passed over almost as quickly as it arrived lasting around 20 minutes but a fair amount of damage will have been left in its path.