60K Auto Insurance Claims Expected from April Hailstorms in Texas

April 30, 2015

Multiple hailstorms in Texas over the second half of April are expected to result in at least 60,000 auto insurance claims, the Insurance Council of Texas reported.

“Hail and windstorm claims are still coming in from almost every corner of the state,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.

Gregg Potter, the president and meteorologist for AnythingWeather, said despite the massive number of storms and damage reports, the state’s largest cities did not receive a direct hit.

April Hail Storms - Texas Source: ICT
April Hail Storms – Texas Source: ICT

“Although there have been some big events, mainly large hail just outside San Antonio, Houston, Ft. Worth, and Austin, we have yet to have one of these events with big hail actually move through a city center,” said Potter.

He predicted it would only be a matter of time before the larger cities get a direct hit.

The most recent hailstorm produced 11 tornadoes and softball size hail in a 100 stretch from Rising Star to Cleburne in north central Texas.

Estimated losses from automobiles are expected to hit $65 million from this storm. Insured losses from damaged homes and businesses are expected to be even higher.

Other costly storms occurred west of Austin and north of Houston on April 18, east and south of Amarillo on April 22 and west of San Antonio on April 25.

Source: Insurance Council of Texas

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