All ‘hail’ broke loose in Arad for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon when a freak thunderstorm hurled hail the size of giant marbles — or in Israeli terms, the size of cherry tomatoes — down on the city, sending pedestrians and usually imperturbable street cats scurrying for cover.

The bizarre cloudburst ended as suddenly as it began, leaving small heaps of hail that looked like leftover mothballs and pools of water along the curbs and in the parks.

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Similar hailstorms were also reported in Dimona.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.