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Texas hailstorm causes almost $1bn in insured damages: KCC

13th June 2018 - Author: Matt Sheehan

The June 6th hailstorm that battered the Dallas, Tarrant, and Denton counties of Texas is expected to generate almost $1 billion in insured losses to residential and commercial properties and automobiles, according to catastrophe modeller Karen Clark & Co. (KCC).

HailstoneThe storm reportedly brought baseball sized hailstones to some areas, and an initial estimate from the Insurance Council of Texas suggested that around 20,000 residential structures and 25,000 automobiles had been damaged by the storm.

The majority of residential and commercial damage is expected to relate to roofs, windows, skylights, and solar panels.

Meanwhile, automobiles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are thought to have been affected particularly severely.

KCC noted that the combination of a maritime tropical air mass, a dew point around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate shear provided an ideal environment for the formation of a severe convective storm (SCS) on June 5th.

An isolated storm formed north of Dallas, near McKinney, TX, and tracked southward, splitting into right-moving and left-moving cells in less than an hour.

Although the left-moving cell soon dissipated, the right-moving cell brought large destructive hail to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly an hour before dissipating south of Arlington at around 3am CDT on June 6th.

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