Large hail damages cars in southern Denton County Sunday night
No tornado was confirmed Monday as having touched down Sunday night in southern Denton County, but the storm still brought damaging straight-line winds and softball- and baseball-size hail, and more could be in store for Dallas-Fort Worth on Tuesday and Wednesday.
After assessing the damage Monday, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth could only confirm straight-line winds, estimated at 75-85 mph. The storm pounded Denton and Collin counties with hail that took out most of the school buses in one school district, shattered windshields and cracked skylights.
Tarrant and Dallas counties were spared the bad weather, but North Texas is under a slight risk for severe storms on Tuesday and a marginal risk on Wednesday, said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the weather service.
The storms should move out of the area by Wednesday morning, but another round is expected Saturday. The West Gulf River Forecast Center has said parts of North Texas could see 4-5 inches of rainfall over the next seven days.
Hail damage had a direct impact on operations at the Little Elm school district in Denton County, where 35 of 48 buses were damaged. Bus routes ran about 2 1/2 hours late because of the damage, but school started on time. The National Weather Service also said softball-size hail was reported near Corinth.
State Farm spokesman Chris Pilcic said claims were pouring in.
“We’re getting claims from Lewisville, Little Elm, Frisco, McKinney and, of course, Argyle,” Pilcic said. “We’re seeing broken windows, skylights and cars so badly damaged they shouldn’t be driven.”
We’re getting claims from Lewisville, Little Elm, Frisco, McKinney and, of course, Argyle. We’re seeing broken windows, skylights and cars so badly damaged they shouldn’t be driven.
State Farm spokesman Chris Pilcic
Pilcic said it was too early to say whether the storm would rival last year’s DFW hailstorms because adjusters are just starting to survey the damage.
State Farm had 145,00 hail claims in Texas last year — 100,000 more than any other state, Pilcic said.
With more storms possible Tuesday and Wednesday, Pilcic advised homeowners to make short-term fixes.
“Temporary repairs like tarps and plywood are usually covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy,” Pilcic said.
Pro Care Collision body shop in Flower Mound was slammed with customers who had damaged vehicles.
“It’s pretty severe,” said Kenny Bart. “We’re seeing broken windshields and very heavy body damage.”
Roofing contractor SPS Roofing had already received more than 100 calls from customers by 9 a.m. Monday. Calls were coming in from Argyle, Bartonville and other parts of the county.
“I was up on my roof this morning, and it was pretty devastated,” said Fernando Calderon, president of SPS Roofing. “We’ve heard of one house in Argyle where the windows got blown out. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty serious storm.”
Hail was first reported about 5:15 p.m. in Jack County, near the town of Perrin, and was quickly followed by reports of hail in Wise near Decatur, Bridgeport and Runaway Bay.
The Wise County County Sheriff’s Office had two patrol cars with damaged windows.
“I saw hail that was probably pingpong size,” Sheriff Lane Akin said. “It seemed like the further east it went the worse it got.”
Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report