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
Tornado touches down in Hale Center, hail breaks windows HALE CENTER — A tornado touched down five miles southeast of Hale Center in a storm system that delivered baseball-sized hail, at least in one case breaking car windows Friday. “We didn’t hear any reports of damage” from the tornado, explained National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Vitale. “The report we got is it only lasted a couple of minutes.” The first official report of Hale Center hail came at 6:21 p.m., Vitale said, measuring 2 inches in diameter. Then 2.75-diameter hail was observed there at 6:58 p.m. Car windows were reported broken by hail at the I-27 rest stop near Hale Center. There also were reports of hail in Tulia and Kress. After the tornado passed through the Hale Center area, Vitale said it touched down again eight miles west of Lockney. “It weakened significantly after it moved out of Hale County,” the meteorologist said of...Read More
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Managers for two local lumber and home improvement stores say the July 1 hail storm that rolled through Catawba Island and Danbury Townships is still sending hundreds of customers through their doors weekly. “We have been considerably busier,” said Roger Radsick, of Gordon Lumber. “Without looking at the numbers, I’d say we’ve been up 20 to 25 percent.” Roofing and siding have been the staples. Radsick said that while local contractors and most out-of-town contractors are buying shingles and siding from local retailers, some are ordering their supplies and having them shipped in. Locally he said, anything associated with roofing and siding is flying off the shelves, he said. Rich Riedmaier of Carter Lumber, just down the street from Gordon on Ohio 53, agreed that shingles and siding are the No. 1 sellers. In general, a spring order for shingles consists of about 10 truckloads, he said. “We’ve probably already gone through...Read More
Severe hail storms predicted for NSW NSW should brace itself for a slew of fierce summer hail storms with the potential to cause billions of dollars worth of damage, the State Emergency Service (SES)is warning. More than 50 severe storms are predicted to hit the state’s east over the coming months, with some of them likely to be as damaging as Sydney’s eastern suburbs hailstorm of 1999. Hail stones as large as cricket balls caused more than $1.5 billion of damage during the intense, long-lived thunderstorm. At the time, it was Australia’s most costly natural disaster. ‘The hailstorm was of a magnitude seldom seen in Australia or the world,’ the Bureau of Meteorology said on its website. In preparation for this year’s onslaught of bad weather, NSW SES Commissioner Murray Kear is urging people to take all possible precautions. ‘Hail is one of the most destructive weather elements and as we saw in the Sydney...Read More
Severe Storm Drops Hail Throughout Colorado Springs A severe thunderstorm moving through Colorado Springs dumped hail in some areas and flooded streets. The hail was so much in areas like Montebello and Union that it looked like a snow storm had passed through. A severe thunderstorm moving through Colorado Springs dumped hail in some areas and flooded streets. The hail was so much in areas like Montebello and Union that it looked like a snow storm had passed through. The storm also caused flooding at Date and Siferd. There was so much water it looked like a stream instead of a road. Nathan Welch has lived in the area for six years. “Pretty much anytime we get a significant amount of rain it collects and floods,” said Welch. Welch wants the city to do something about the flooding issues on Siferd. He is concerned that someone might get hurt. “At a moment”s notice it can...Read More
Tornadoes, Hail, Flooding, and Some Building Damage All Reported In Aftermath of Tuesday Night Severe Weather Severe storms, including multiple reports of tornadoes over Clinton and Washington Counties, were reported Tuesday night. Storm Spotter Randal Meredith caught a shot of the tornado near Okawville. Severe weather sparked tornadoes and some isolated damage across South Central Illinois as severe thunderstorms moved across the area Tuesday evening. The heavy rains that continued throughout the evening and early morning hours dumped between three and five inches of rain across the region. As a result, a flash flood warning has been issued for Marion, Clinton and northern Washington County until nine Wednesday night. Crooked Creek at Hoffman and the East Fork of the Kaskaskia River at Fairman are both above flood stage. Two gates were fully opened and a third had been partially opened on the Raccoon Lake Dam earlier Wednesday. As a result, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department...Read More
For many homeowners around the country, summer has officially arrived! The kids are out of school, pools are open, and the temperatures are soaring. While this can be a great time of year for cookouts, spending time with family and vacations, the ...
Hail storm season is officially here! In the United States, hail storms become more common from May until August. As experts in storm damage restoration, we are very knowledgeable about the effects of hail and how it can present a significant ...