Just after midnight, strong storms packing hail as large as baseballs caused extensive damage to homes and vehicles in the cities of Carrolton and Coppell, north of Dallas.
Residents are reporting vehicles with windshields that have been knocked out and homes whose skylights and windows have been broken.
Insurance Council of Texas spokesman Mark Hanna says the storms left about $425 million in insured losses in their wake, damaging an estimated 20,000 structures and 25,000 vehicles.
Damaging hail was reported from the northern Dallas suburb of Frisco southwest to Arlington, west of Dallas.
The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth said the storm developed rapidly over Denton and northwest Collin County before splitting into two separate storms. It was the storm that moved westward over Denton and across the Dallas/Tarrant County line that produced large hail and strong wind gusts.
Golf ball size hail was reported in portions of Arlington and Irving. Jayson Godwin with the National Weather Service said the storm system moved out of the area around 3 a.m.
“Home and vehicle owners are urged to take pictures and video of their damaged property and notify their insurance carriers as soon as possible,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesperson for the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT).
The storms damaged an estimated 20,000 structures and 25,000 vehicles and caused an estimated $425 million in insured losses, Hanna said.
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