Top 10 Hailstorms of the Decade

on Friday, 21 September 2012. Posted in Environment, Sci/Tech

The last ten years have seen record setting hailstorms across the country, with damages exceeding a billion dollars in some cases.

Top 10 Hailstorms of the Decade

Hail can hit with any severe storm, and it can bring stones that fall at a rate that exceeds 110 mph. The size of the hailstones can also vary from pea sized pieces to some the size of a softball. When hail falls, it can damage your roof, windows, gutters, automobiles and siding. The following are the top ten hailstorms of the decade:

1. Lake Worth, Texas

On March 29, 2000, a hail storm hit Lake Worth, Texas and struck a man in the head with softball sized hail. He passed away the next day from head injuries associated caused by the hail.

2. Chicago, Illinois 

Small and large sized hail caused over $572 million in damages to the Chicago area on May, 18, 2000. Suburbs in McHenry, Kane, Cook and Lake experienced some of the worst damage to the area. 

3. St. Louis, Missouri

During the late afternoon hours on April 10, 2001, St. Louis, Missouri experienced a rash of severe storms that produced large-sized hail. This was one of the costliest storms to hit the United States, with insurance losses close to $1.5 billion.

4. Aurora, Nebraska

A storm pummeled Aurora, Nebraska on June 22, 2003. It dumped tennis ball-sized hail that officially measured in at 7 inches, and it beat the record held in 1970 of 5.7 inches. Roofs, gutters, windows and cars were damaged with the storm. It even left holes in the ground that measured 14 inches. 

5. San Marcos, Texas

This storm was especially costly to the local automobile dealership and San Marcos Mall on April 21, 2006. In addition to the numerous injuries, insurance claims ranged close to $160 million in damages. 

6. Denver, Colorado

This was an angry and fast moving storm that hit Denver, Colorado on July 20, 2009. Golf ball-sized hail caused broken windows, damaged roofs and caused vehicle damage. Reports came in at over $770 million in damages to the numerous suburbs in Denver.

7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

May 10, and May 16, 2010, marked the days that two severe hail related storms hit the Oklahoma area. Estimated totals of damage from both storms hit close to $1 billion in damages.

8. Vivian, South Dakota

A record setting event occurred on July 23, 2010, in Vivian, South Dakota. Hail as big as 8 inches pummeled the area and left residents without power and with extreme damage.

9. McAllen, Texas

A record setting event occurred on March 29, 2012, in McAllen, Texas. A hail storm hovered over the area and brought winds that flattened trees. Hail as big as baseballs damages cars, roofs, and other property. By the time the storm was over hail had accumulated to a depth of 6 inches. Due to the number of damage claims insurance companies are denying compensation to homeowners. Doyle & Raizner, a hail damage law firm near Mcallen, TX, is handling claim disputes for the McAllen hail storm.

10. Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

Softball-sized hail clobbered the area on June 13, 2012. It caused severe damage to vehicles, houses and buildings that reached $2 billion. The area was left crippled by devastation from a storm that lasted close to three hours.

Severe storms with hail can cause up to $1 billion in claims each year according to the Weather Service. Hail related storms can be debilitating and leave a homeowner with excessive property damage. After the storm, you should protect your property from further damage and immediately call your insurance agent. An experienced and knowledgeable property damage lawyer can help you handle your claim and aid you in recovering damages owed by the insurance company.

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Katie Hewatt is a homeowner and contributing author for Doyle & Raizner, a hail damage law firm near Mcallen, TX that specializes in insurance law, maritime injury, personal injury, workplace injury, international injury, and military contractor claims. Attorneys Doyle & Raizner handle all bad faith insurance cases on a contingency fee basis which means you will not pay attorney fees unless Doyle & Raizner helps you recover damages.

Copyright © Katie Hewatt. Used with permission. 


Comments (2)

  • Mark


    12 March 2013 at 23:57 |
    Insurance companies aren't denying claim in McAllen because of the number of claims filed. That is a 100% false statement and borderline libel.
    • Dennis Behreandt

      Dennis Behreandt

      13 March 2013 at 20:33 |
      Thank you for your comment, Mark, but you are wrong that the article is "100% false" with regard to whether insurance companies have been handling claims in an equitable fashion. While most have, local media in Texas have reported on problems with the way claims have been handled in McAllen. For example, "The Monitor,' a local paper serving the Rio Grande Valley, reported on one local homeowner who was "embroiled in a dispute with her insurer over her claim." The paper also noted that "Other McAllen-area homeowners hit by the hailstorms in March and April have also turned to legal representation after their claims were denied, delayed or underpaid."

      Those interested can read the entire article published by "The Monitor" at this link:

      -The Editor.

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