March Hailstorm Wreaks Havoc

On this day in 1876, a wicked storm rolled through Cuba City, bringing with it damaging hail. The Galena Gazette published the following report on March 13 from a Cuba City correspondent:
"During the storm this afternoon, hail fell almost covering the ground, the largest ever seen, say old settlers. Several were measured to be ten inches around. They were driven with such force by the wind that they went into the ground six inches. Window lights were broken in almost every house. We hear that one went through both blind and glass of the M. E. Church."
The image above, from the New York Public Library, captures hailstones from a storm in Massachusetts in 1870.

Despite the hail damage, Cuba City fared much better during the Friday evening storm than its neighbor to the south. Hazel Green was devastated by a powerful tornado that left nine people dead, several injured, and numerous buildings destroyed. Images of the Hazel Green tornado damage may be found on the village's website.


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