From the ABC 7 Weather team


July 4, 2013 - 03:00 AM
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A one of a kind research center in rural South Carolina conducts elaborate, man-made natural disasters in order to learn how to better prepare your home for severe storms.  Here is a look at very detailed hail testing and what researchers hope to learn from the destruction they caused.

On our WJLA Severe Weather Special and in a previous blog, I showed cutting edge research regarding high wind tests at the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety (IBHS).  Below is a look at a unique man-made hail storm intended to cause damage in order to better understand how to protect you and your home.  It took the engineers at IBHS over a year and a half just to formulate the most realistic hailstone.  Learn more and see the damage for yourself, here:

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