On my final approach to Lagrange, Georgia—site of the BASS Elite event on West Point Lake—I could see a dark, ominous cloud in the distance. About that time the National Weather Service came on the radio, alerting listeners to a massive thunderstorm passing through the region. The warning said be prepared for large hail and high winds in excess of 70 mph.
Hearing that, I called ahead to fellow Floridian Shaw Grigsby, who had arrived a couple hours before me. He said he was getting pummeled by hail and had to seek shelter. David Walker called minutes later. He, too, had to find shelter beneath an overpass on the interstate. He reported baseball-sized hail had pounded his truck and boat.