Blair, NE- The sound of hammers replaced the sound of thunder across the Metro Thursday. Repairs are underway and insurance adjusters are tallying the damage. A massive storm pummeled the city of Blair Tuesday night bringing with it baseball size hail. The costs are expected to add up, but an estimated $1.2 million in damage to the courthouse alone. It’s just one of a many places waiting to be fixed. “9 windows blown out and then all the glass, it’s just, every time you turn around there’s glass.” said homeowner The side of home took a beating and it’s not just the windows and siding. “The roofs leaking already up around by the chimney there, it’s leaking.” said homeowner. He made a call to a repair company. Now, he waits. Homeowners may be waiting for that repair. Adjusters are out in full force, but the sheer number of claims is staggering. One adjust or KMTV...Read More
The storm pummeled almost every community along I-70 from Kansas City to Granite City; producing nine tornadoes along the way. The storm is best known for it`s monster hail. Golf ball to baseball sized hail, propelled at times by winds in excess of 70 mph, shredded everything in the storms path. The damage… was epic. “It was very prolific at producing golf ball and baseball sized hail and not only did it produce a lot of this hail. But, it produced it over populated areas along I-70.” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Gary Schmocker. More than 120,000 homes, 65,000 cars and 8,000 commercial buildings all reported damage. At Lambert Airport 24 commercial and military aircraft were smashed. So were hundreds of cars at the Ford assembly plant in Hazelwood. Insured losses from the storm reached $1.5 billion. This makes it the most costly hail storm in US history.Read More
Homeowners in some states can expect higher home insurance prices and higher deductibles for wind and hail damage as some insurers try to adjust for record insurance losses from thunderstorms and tornadoes stretching back to 2008. This year, The Hartford Financial Services Group plans to raise rates, increase wind and hail deductibles, and offer policies with reduced coverage to improve profits, a company executive said during a fourth-quarter conference call with financial analysts Tuesday. “In addition to high-single-digit [percentage] rate increases, we’ll continue to evolve terms and conditions by increasing wind/hail deductibles in targeted states, promoting account-rounded business, and tempering roof claim severity through reduced coverage product offerings,” Andy Napoli, The Hartford’s president of Consumer Markets, which includes homeowners’ insurance, said during the conference call with financial analysts. Account-rounded business means The Hartford will try to sell more bundled services, such as combined auto and home coverage. Other insurers are taking similar actions,...Read More
Storms that moved through the Treasure Valley on Thursday afternoon and early evening pummeled a narrow swath of the region with huge chunks of hail. Thousands throughout the Valley were left in the dark. The National Weather Service in Boise said it received reports of golf ball-sized hail mainly along the Ada County Line, in northeast Eagle and along Idaho 55 toward Horseshoe Bend. Of the hail’s effects in Eagle, resident Julie Lokken had this to say: “What a mess! Leaves plastered everywhere. Worst I have ever seen!” Idaho Power crews were very busy, responding to multiple outages in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Star and other areas. A mudslide shut down Idaho 55 between Banks and Smiths Ferry. The highest recorded windspeed in Boise on Thursday was 41 mph, with a gust of 51 mph also recorded. Only 0.07 inches of rain was recorded at the official Boise measuring station although higher amounts fell elsewhere in...Read More
Keller district officials plan to tackle a lengthy list of roofing repairs this summer and next using money from an insurance settlement and from the 2008 bond package. Some 10 to 12 facilities will receive attention in 2013, with Central High School”s roof repair as the most complex project. “Because it”s a high school campus, it does pose some coordinating challenges because of all the activities scheduled there,” said Hudson Huff, director of planning and construction. Hillwood Middle School, Keller-Harvel, Lone Star, Freedom and North Riverside Elementary schools, Chisholm Trail and South Keller Intermediate schools and the Education Center will have repairs ranging from minor repairs to major replacements. In September, trustees approved a settlement of about $17 million with the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas for roofing repairs that stemmed from a March 2009 hail storm. The 2008 bond contained $3.5 million for routine roof repairs and replacements, but that amount didn”t cover all...Read More
Houston, TX (PRWEB) January 08, 2013 According to the NOAA website intense thunderstorms raked through the highly populated McAllen/Edinburg/Mission area of Hidalgo County during the mid-evening of March 29, 2012. The storms packed 75 mph winds and dumped hail the size of baseballs for more than half an hour. In addition to the intense winds and hail, residents of this highly populated region were also subject to relentless rain and serious flooding. The wild storms had devastating effects on the communities, and homeowners and business owners sustained serious damage to their properties. Vehicles left outdoors were damaged by the strong hail, trees and limbs were pulled down and damaged many roofs, and in one area of north McAllen, a minimum of one window was blown out of every north-facing home. Much to the community’s dismay, however, they were told by FEMA that they were ineligible for federal assistance, because none of the structures were destroyed;...Read More
Freezing rain and sleet made for a sloppy Christmas morning trek in parts of the nation’s midsection on Tuesday, while residents along the Gulf Coast braced for thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes. Icy roads already were blamed for a 21-vehicle pileup in Oklahoma, where authorities warned would-be travelers to stay home. Fog blanketed highways, including arteries in the Atlanta area where motorists slowed as a precaution. In New Mexico, drivers across the eastern plains had to fight through snow, ice and low visibility. At least two tornadoes were reported in Texas, though only one building was damaged, according to the National Weather Service. A blizzard watch was posted for parts of Indiana and western Kentucky for storms expected to unfold Tuesday amid predictions of up to 4 to 7 inches of snow in coming hours. Much of Oklahoma and Arkansas braced under a winter storm warning of an early mix of rain and sleet forecast...Read More
Hailstorms are the most damaging weather events in Texas. For the first time, the Texas Department of Insurance hosted a symposium spotlighting this natural disaster. “We hear about every hurricane, we don’t hear about every hailstorm and just because they’re not as big events,” said Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman. More than 300 professionals participated, talking about the short-term and long-lasting costs from the destructive hail storms. “It is a partnership not only between the consumers, but the regulators, the weather folks, the roofing industry, the insurance industry,” said Jenny Pye, Director of Quality Assurance. The Texas Department of Insurance estimated more than $1.7 billion in insured property losses last year, with more than $1.2 billion of the losses occurring in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. “We’re sort of in hail alley here,” said the National Weather Service’s Dr. Steve Lyons. “Part of the problem is, you’ve got this huge metropolis out here, and there is...Read More
EUGENE, Ore. – Hail washed across South Eugene on Monday afternoon, and storm clouds and blue sky took turns over Western Oregon – sometimes at the same time. Reports of intense hail and damage to trees came in from around Eugene and Springfield. KVAL News visited a Springfield neighborhood where a “dust devil” or other tornado-like wind storm knocked a tree through a fence and ripped a carport from a home. “There was a pitch black cloud above us and the whole thing was spinning counter clockwise,” said Philip Port, who witnessed the storm. “It went up over the house and dropped pine needles.” Bria Stewart stopped the car and took a picture out the passenger side window of calm skies – and a picture out the driver side window of storm clouds. “Crazy Oregon weather in Junction City,” Stewart told KVAL News. Karen Forrest said a storm went over Brownsville just after 2 p.m....Read More
Blair, NE- The sound of hammers replaced the sound of thunder across the Metro Thursday. Repairs are underway and insurance adjusters are tallying the damage. A massive storm pummeled the city of Blair Tuesday night bringing with it baseball size ...
The storm pummeled almost every community along I-70 from Kansas City to Granite City; producing nine tornadoes along the way. The storm is best known for it`s monster hail. Golf ball to baseball sized hail, propelled at times by winds in ...