Sunday, 30 April 2006 17:00

Insured losses top $100 million in Texas hail storm

The hail storm that struck Central Texas on April 21 is expected to exceed $100 million in insured losses. Baseball-size hail pounded the city of San Marcos smashing vehicles at car dealerships and shopping malls. 

An estimated 10,000 auto claims are expected as well as 7,000 homeowner and commercial property claims. A manager at Honda Classic in San Marcos said many of his 110 new vehicles on his lot would be declared total losses.

"Unfortunately, Central Texas is no stranger to hail storms and it's something we can expect during this time of the year," said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas. "We can be thankful no one was injured."

Hanna said a hail storm last year caused $100 million in insured losses in the Austin area. The state's worst hail storm struck the Dallas/Fort Worth area on May 5, 1995, causing $1 billion in damages.


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