It began with it suddenly getting very dark, so much so that at just after 2pm the street lights were turning on. Engrossed in work it took a little while to finally register that the loud banging noises outside wasn't building noises but a full scale assault by hailstones.
As the windows started rattling at the multiple impacts, we madly went around the house, drawing blinds to contain the glass in case it would break. It was a no go area outside as the hailstones ranging from large marble to golf ball, pelted down. Watching them ricochet against the neighbours roof they look like they were being fired.
The views outside the windows during the height of the storm was distinctly hazy, not by rain but by hail.
We were lucky though, no flooding, nothing broken, even the car is dent free, the trees and shrubs are a little worse for wear having been shredded from the hail.
There are some amazing pictures of the storm online - here and here