The powerful storms that unleashed large hail and small tornadoes on parts of North Texas on Tuesday night caused an estimated $300 million in damage, insurance officials said Thursday.
In Dallas, the death of a 35-year-old man was ruled accidental electrocution attributed to the storm.
The National Weather Service readjusted its tornado count, saying that eight tornadoes, not nine, touched down. Damage survey teams determined that damage reports from Argyle and unincorporated Denton County were the result of a single EF-2 twister, weather officials said Thursday.
They had reported the damage as two tornadoes Wednesday.
Steve Fano, a weather service meteorologist, said the teams have not determined that any tornadoes touched down in Tarrant County. "However, we are still receiving video and updates, and that information is subject to change," Fano said.
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The timing of the storm -- hitting toward the end of the evening rush hour, meaning more cars were exposed -- couldn't have been much worse for property damage, said Jerry Johns, president of the Austin-based Southwestern Insurance Information Service. The industry expects $200 million to $300 million in damage claims, he said.
"This was a rather shocking storm for the insurance industry," he said.
And many homeowners may not realize the extent of their roof damage until the next rain exposes it, Johns said. He urged homeowners not to immediately hire door-to-door roofers soliciting their business but suggested screening them and checking their references.
The body of Robert Ragan, 35, of Dallas, was found Wednesday near a downed power line outside a storm-damaged apartment complex in Dallas. The Dallas County medical examiner's office ruled his death an accidental electrocution and attributed it to the storm.
As of Thursday night, repair crews had restored electric service to virtually all of about 70,000 North Texas customers left in the dark by the storms, according to electric service provider Oncor.
American Airlines canceled 73 flights Thursday at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport over schedule adjustments involving hail-damaged planes, spokesman Tim Smith said.
Staff writer Marty Sabota contributed to this report.