Destructive Weather Takes a Break in 2018



Between 2015 and 2017, Texas experienced a record number of tornadoes, hailstorms and a hurricane, but the state finally got a reprieve from all of the destructive weather in 2018.  Prior to last year, Texas experienced a record number of tornadoes in 2015, the costliest hailstorm losses for any year on record in 2016, and the state’s costliest storm, Hurricane Harvey, in 2017.

“Texans needed a break from the bad weather and we were lucky,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesperson for the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT).  “Texas is known for having some of the world’s most violent weather, but thankfully, for the most part, it missed us last year.”

The state experienced one major hailstorm striking the D/FW area on June 5, 2018, resulting in $500 million in insured losses to homes, vehicles and businesses in the cities of Coppell and Carrolton.  In addition, there were only 52 reported tornadoes with no significant injuries, fatalities or property damage. For comparison, Texas averages 134 tornadoes each year, with the fewest number of reported tornadoes being 14 back in 1951, and a record high of 258 tornadoes in 2015.   Unfortunately, flooding continued to be a problem throughout the state due to heavy rains.        

The National Weather Service began recording the number of verified tornadoes in 1950.  See Confirmed Texas Tornado chart below.  For more information about Texas weather, turn to ICT’s web site and click here


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