Baseball Size Hail Pounds the DFW Area Overnight
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 just north of Dallas. Residents are reporting vehicles with windshields that have been knocked out and homes whose skylights and windows have been broken.
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).
ICT also offers these additional tips.
- Make temporary repairs, if you can prevent additional damage to your home.
- Assess and note the damage to your home. Take photos or video of your home to record the damage and show your insurance adjuster.
- Contact your insurance company/agent. The sooner you can contact your insurer, the sooner an insurance adjuster can arrive to begin assessing damage and start the recovery process.
- Make note of all communication, dates, phone calls, visits, receipts, repairs and paper work with your insurer and building contractor.
- If you disagree with the amount of damage found by your insurance adjuster, you have options. Ask to speak with the adjuster’s supervisor for a second opinion. Work with a reputable building contractor who can compare the cost of labor, materials and overall repair.
- Avoid outside solicitors. Work with local building contractors for all repairs when possible.
- Get more than one estimate when hiring a building contractor. Get everything in writing including costs, work to be done, time schedules, guarantees, payment schedules and other expectations. Never pay a contractor in full or sign a certificate of completion until the work is finished. Never let a contractor discourage you from contacting your insurance company.