Hail falls on Treasure Coast

Posted at 6:53 PM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-10 23:52:25-05

Viewers across the Treasure Coast submitted photos of hail as a line of severe storms moved through St. Lucie County Monday evening.

WPTV Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle said large hail was possible around Tradition and St. Lucie West, along with 50-60 mph winds.

The storm hit Palm Beach County around 7 or 8 p.m., but it was weaker.

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The severe storms created dangerous driving conditions, leaving some drivers with storm damages.

WPTV Reporter Todd Wilson spoke with a man who was heading home from work during the storm.

Timothy Kozlowski said he was driving down Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce, right next to the fairgrounds.

He said he saw the storm a ways off but thought he was going to avoid it. Then all of sudden rain and rail began pelting his vehicle.

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"I really thought the window was going to break. That was my biggest thing, the driver-side window is going to break and I'm just going to be sitting here, the glass is going to shatter all over me," Kozlowski said.

The Florida native said he tried to pull up under a bridge but it didn't provide enough cover to stop the damage from mother nature.

Kozlowski said the hail was the size of a golf ball or bigger.