Grapefruit-sized hail and larger hammered areas near Bethune on Tuesday afternoon, August 13, 2019, estimated at 5 inches in diameter or more.

These hailstones were some of the biggest ever seen in the state. Colorado State University reports the largest hailstone ever recorded in Colorado was measured at a diameter of 4.5 inches. Hail of this size has been verified in 20 counties including Logan, Baca, Washington, El Paso, and Adams counties most recently.

If verified, it would be the largest hailstone ever recorded in the state. The Colorado Climate Center is currently working with the National Weather Service of Goodland to determine the actual size of the hailstones.

Hail comes in all shapes and sizes in Colorado. Over the last 10 years, hail storms have caused more than $5 billion in insured damages across the Centennial State, according to Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.

A second photograph shared on Twitter on Tuesday, August 13, shows a large hailstone that looks bigger than a grapefruit.

If you happen to get caught in a hail storm while driving, stop immediately. If possible, pull over to a safe place. Remain inside your vehicle until the storm has completely passed. Do not go outside. Large hailstones can cause serious injury or even death. To avoid broken glass, shield your eyes and lie face down on the vehicle floor or seat with your back to the windows.

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