The Dallas Fort Worth area was once again ground zero for a series of severe thunderstorms that pounded the area with baseball size hail on May 24. Four inch hail was reported in several cities including Irving, Carrolton, Southlake, Keller, Grapevine and Avondale. As many as 350,000 homes were hit by 1.75 inch hail or larger, the Insurance Council of Texas reported.
The extent of damage from the storms have warranted insurance companies to declare the event a catastrophe and teams of adjusters are en route to assist in assessing the losses. While there were reports of 70 mile per hour winds, it appears the majority of damage was the result of hail.
“Insurance agents in the affected areas are being deluged with claims, so the quicker a policyholder can report their claim, the better,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas. The overall loss from these storms will be significant.”
Sarah McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, said the hail placed at least 65 aircraft out of service and up to 100 taxis serving the airport were heavily damaged in the storm. Thousands of baseball fans at Rangers Ballpark had to seek shelter when the storm struck Arlington with hail.
Source: Insurance Council of Texas
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