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This is a list of the costliest or deadliest hailstorms on record.

DateLocationIncident
Circa 9th centuryRoopkund, Uttarakhand, IndiaSeveral hundred pilgrims were killed by a massive hailstorm in Roopkund.[1]
December 1967Los Angeles County, California, USAA hailstorm hit the county, blanketing the region much like a snowstorm. The storm also produced lightning, and one bolt struck an oil tank in Manhattan Beach, causing an explosion that covered much of the South Bay with the oil. The next hailstorm to hit the area was in 1979.[citation needed]
July 1979Fort Collins, Colorado, USAA violent forty-minute hailstorm bombed Fort Collins, CO, with hail up to grapefruit size. Two thousand homes and 2500 automobiles were severely damaged, and about 25 persons were injured, mainly when hit on the head by the huge stones. A three month old baby died of a fractured skull, struck by a large hailstone while being carried by his mother, who was running with him to seek cover. (The Weather Channel)
18 January 1985Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaLate in the afternoon, a supercell thunderstorm swept in from the west dropping hailstones as large as 6 cm over parts of the city. A wind gust of over 180 km/h was recorded at Brisbane airport and 57mm of rain recorded in 15 minutes at the same location. The 30 minutes of destruction caused $AU300 million ($AU1.7 billion in 2007 adjusted dollars) damage to vehicles and buildings. This rates as the 5th most costly insured event in Australia since 1968.

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11 July 1990Denver, Colorado, USASoftball-sized hail destroyed roofs and cars, causing $625 million in total damage ($1 billion in damage adjusted to 2007 dollars).[5]
7 September 1991Calgary, Alberta, CanadaA Labour Day thunderstorm caused $400 million worth of insurable damage in Calgary. Thirteen additional hailstorms between 1981 and 1998 caused an estimated $600 million in damage in the Calgary area alone.[6]
June 19, 1992Wichita, Kansas, USATwo batches of severe thunderstorms, occurring within 6 hours of each other, dumped hailstones up to 4.5 inches in diameter across Sedgwick, including the city of Wichita, and surrounding counties in south-central Kansas. Over 10,000 homes were damaged. The hail left wheat fields in a near total loss. Estimated property damage totaled $500 million with crop damage at $100 million. The thunderstorm episode ranks as one of the worst ever to hit Kansas.[7]
5 May 1995Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, USAThis storm produced $1.1 billion insured losses, and total storm damage was reported at around $2 billion. The storms produced hail about the size of softballs.[8][9][10]
14 April 1999Sydney, New South Wales, Australia20,000 properties and 40,000 vehicles were damaged during the storm with more than 25 aircraft damaged at Sydney Airport. One person was killed while fishing after getting struck by lightning and several other people were injured. At $AU1.5 billion ($AU3.3 billion in 2007 adjusted dollars), it was the costliest hailstorm to hit an Australian populated city.[2][11] Largest stone measured was 9.5 cm.[12]
29 March 2000Lake Worth, Texas, USAThe last known hail fatality in the United States occurs. The victim was Juan Oseguera, a nineteen-year-old man who died from head injuries after being hit by a softball sized hailstone in Lake Worth.[13]
18 May 2000McHenry, Lake, northern Kane, and northern Cook County, Illinois, USA$572 million. Golfball-, baseball-, and softball-sized hail damaged roofs, cars, patio furniture, skylights, and windows in the area's worst and most widespread hailstorm in 30 years. Around 100,000 homes lost power. Hail was 3 inches (76 mm) deep in many areas. There were 100 canceled flights, and train service was disrupted.[14]
10 April 2001St. Louis, Missouri, USA$2.0 billion+. The costliest hailstorm in US history struck the I-70 corridor of eastern Kansas, across Missouri, into southwestern Illinois.[15]
19 July 2002Henan Province, the People's Republic of China25 dead and hundreds injured.
22 June 2003Aurora, Nebraska, USAThe largest hailstone on record, it had a 7-inch (180 mm) diameter and a circumference of 18.75 inches (476 mm).
20-21 April 2006San Marcos, Texas, USAHail of sizes up to 10 cm[16][17] results in 10,000 auto claims, 7,000 homeowner and commercial property claims ranging between $100–160 million insured losses.[18][19] One woman was hospitalized.[20] The storm was especially costly at the San Marcos Outlet Malls and a nearby Toyota dealership.[21][22]
28-29 Jun 2006Villingen-Schwenningen and suburbs, Baden-Württemberg, GermanySupercell thunderstorms, severe damage by very large hailstones (softball-size), causing € 150 million damage, more than 100 injuries.
9 December 2007Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaSupercell thunderstorms caused immense damage in the North and Western Suburbs of Sydney. Worst hit were the suburbs of Blacktown, Castle Hill and neighbouring Baulkham Hills. Hail stones the size of golf balls damaged cars, windows and homes. Largest hail stones reached almost 10 cm in diameter in Kings Langley.[23]

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