Rangers fans evacuated during hailstorm

BY foxsports • May 25, 2011

Fans were evacuated from the Rangers Ballpark concourse as a precaution against hail during a rain delay in Tuesday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.

Play was stopped in the bottom of the fourth inning with the White Sox up 4-2 before the storm actually hit to allow the infield to be covered.

Rain began falling about 10 minutes later, and hail followed accompanied by winds gusting to over 60 mph.

Fans were at first evacuated from the upper deck to the lower seating bowl. Later, they were moved from the stadium concourse as a precaution against the hail and potential tornadoes, retreating to the tunnels beneath the ballpark.

No tornadoes were reported near the ballpark, and stadium operations director Rob Matwick said fans were ''as safe as they can be'' under the conditions.

Play resumed after 2 hours, 58 minutes.

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