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4 Jun, 2014 07:33

Nebraska storm: Here's what happens when baseball-sized hail strikes (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Nebraska storm: Here's what happens when baseball-sized hail strikes (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Baseball-sized hail has pounded homes and cars across Nebraska, as powerful thunderstorms swept the Midwest, wreaking extensive damage, severe flooding and even reportedly tornado touchdowns in some areas.

Hailstones the size of baseballs pummeled the state with devastating effect Tuesday, producing a social media storm flooded with images of the aftermath of the freak hail, showing cracked windshields and houses riddled with holes.

Hail northwest of Bayard. Measured at 4.5". #NEwxpic.twitter.com/AuWBtDMixZ

— KNEB Storm Center (@KNEBStormCenter) June 3, 2014

@SkyNews In Blair Nebraska USA today @WoodhouseAuto, had 4500 vehicles damaged by hail. Est damage cost $152million pic.twitter.com/Vt6t6VAEvz

— Francis Jenkins (@RF_Jenkins) June 4, 2014

The US National Weather Service received reports of flooding and registered winds of up to 85 mph in neighboring Iowa. In addition, there were reported of eight unconfirmed tornado touchdowns in Nebraska, Reuters reported.

Damage to the Rath Inn in Missouri Valley Iowa. Roof blown off and lots of windows broken. #WhatAMesspic.twitter.com/KqRb6ITvmO

— Lt. Darci Tierney (@OPDLtTierney) June 3, 2014

The bout of stormy weather has been brought on by a derecho storm system – a short-lived, large cluster of storms – which is expected to move East on Wednesday morning.

Hail damage in Blair, NE via @Michaeldkrueger's cousin #newxpic.twitter.com/qLKeXyn7sY

— Adam Peters (@AdamPeters) June 4, 2014

"These storms can knock down trees, cause power outages and travel mayhem for the Wednesday morning commute," Reuters reported Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com, as saying.