The thunderstorms that pounded Denton and other parts of North Texas with large hail and then spawned three tornadoes on April 3 caused an estimated $300 million in insured losses.
The Insurance Council of Texas estimates approximately 24,000 vehicles and 12,000 homes were damaged by the storm system that erupted over Denton and then moved eastward, causing damage along a nearly 100-mile path.
Denton was hit by two separate storms packing large hail, up to the size of softballs, that caused widespread damage to autos, homes, businesses, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.
The $300 million in losses would make the storm the 21st most costly in Texas since 1978, according to the insurance council. The most damaging hailstorm in Texas caused $1.62 billion in damage across North Texas on May 5, 1995.
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The National Weather Service confirmed three tornadoes in Collin, Hunt and Hopkins counties.
An EF-O tornado in Princeton with 85 mph winds was on the ground for 1.2 miles, causing one minor injury, according to a preliminary report by the weather service.
An EF-1 tornado near Merit packed winds up to 105 mph and caused five more injuries. On the ground for 1.8 miles, the 200-yard-wide twister damaged several metal buildings. Another EF-1 tornado touched down near Birthright, causing minor damage over a half-mile-long path.
There’s the possibility of another round of severe storms in Dallas-Fort Worth Sunday night through Monday morning. The storms are likely to develop along a cold front as it moves across Oklahoma and into Texas, said Joe Harris, a meteorologist in the weather service’s Fort Worth office.
The system could generate up to a half-inch of rain in Dallas-Fort Worth. Behind the cold front, temperatures will fall from a high in the mid-70s on Sunday to highs in the mid-60s Monday. Tuesday’s low is expected to hover around 40 degrees, Harris said.
Most damaging hail storms in Texas
1. $1.62 billion, May 5, 1995, North Texas
2. $1.21 billion, April 28, 1992, Fort Worth-Waco
3. $1.13 billion, April 5, 2003, North Texas
4. $901 billion, June 13, 2012, Dallas-Fort Worth
5. $785 million, (tornado and hail), April 3, 2012, Dallas-Fort Worth
Source: Insurance Council of Texas