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Golf ball-size hail smashes windshields, leaves cars ‘undriveable’ in North Texas

The Sunday evening hail storms that left parts of Frisco, McKinney and Allen with a trail of broken windshields will likely be a $300-$400 million storm.

Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the industry trade group, the Insurance Council of Texas, said a 4 square-mile area in Collin County sustained the the most serious damage and that early projections place the amount of insured losses at $300-400 million.

“Parts of Frisco, parts of McKinney, parts of Allen appear to be the hardest hit,” Hanna said. “We’ve seen cars and trucks with windows blown out.”

There were reports that the storms packed hail the size of grapefruit in some neighborhoods, smashing out windows to dozens of vehicles and damaging homes.

Chris Pilcic, a State Farm spokesman, said State Farm agents and the company’s claims staff have set up at City Line in Richardson.

“We anticipate claims will continue to come in as the storms pass and it is safe for homeowners to inspect their property,” Pilcic said. “We encourage homeowners to make temporary repairs to cover broken windows or damaged roofs. Document with pictures and save receipts for your claims representative.”

State Farm also warned homeowners to be wary of out-of-town roofers descending on storm-damaged neighborhoods.

“Make an informed, not emotional decision when hiring someone to perform work on your home,” Pilcic said. “Take your time. Talk to your insurance company, ask for recommendations from friends and neighbors and get multiple bids. Don’t pay for any incomplete work up front.”

Springtime hailstorms are a staple in the DFW area.

On the Insurance Council’s costliest storms list, four of the top 10 are from hail, including three in North Texas. The most destructive hail storm remains the May 5, 1995, Mayfest hailstorm that hit Fort Worth and cost $1.1 billion in insured losses.

In Tarrant County, quarter-size to half-dollar size hail was reported Sunday night as residents experienced several rounds of storms. The last round of storms in Tarrant County came early Monday when meteorologists issued a severe thunderstorm warning.

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Vehicles damaged Sunday night in McKinney from storms. Courtesy: WFAA-TV

Multiple storms also raced through North Texas Sunday evening forcing residents to scramble to safety.

“Parts of Collin and Denton counties saw hail the size of tennis balls, golf balls and ping pong balls,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Martello.

In most areas, neighborhoods recorded a half inch of rain.

“These storms moved fast,” Martello said.

Forecasters are calling for sunny skies for the next several days with daytime temperatures in the lower 70s.

The next threat of thunderstorms is Friday.

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