BOISE -- A fast moving storm raced across the Treasure Valley Tuesday afternoon, bring high winds and dumping marble-sized hail on many areas. It left behind a lot of damage, including a little league ballpark in Meridian.
KTVB Meteorologist Jim Duthie says the storm brought dark skies,wind and hailas it moved into the valley from the south and headed into the foothills and up into the mountains. It passed over Boise in about 10 minutes, but not before a spectacular hail storm littered city streets.
There was a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for parts of Boise and Valley counties. That warning has since expired.
We received reports of golf ball-sized hail falling to the west of Idaho City near Pioneerville.
Our newsroom was filled with calls from viewers about damage reports from Caldwell, Nampa, Boise and Meridian.
Zane Jones lives in Caldwell and said there was a microburst there. It was a huge gust of wind followed by a loud boom. Shingles flew off the roof and into a neighbor's yard. A fence was also blown over.
The West Valley Little League ballpark in Meridian sustained a lot of storm damage.They lost their outfield fence, dugouts, batting cages, bullpens and roofing.
There were only a handful of peoplethere and no one was hurt. However, had the storm come about 15 minutes later, we are told that many more people would have been at the ballpark.
There is already a fundraising effort underway to help pay for the damages at the ballpark.
West Valley Little League has set up a field fund at any Home Federal Branch.