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April 3 Hail, Tornadoes Cause $300 Million in Insured Losses

Four injuries, no fatalities reported after tornado outbreak

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, May 15, 2014  |  Updated 10:02 AM CDT
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    The Insurance Council of Texas estimates that last week's hailstorm and tornado outbreak caused about $300 million in insured losses.

    Storms pushing across the northern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex peppered homes, cars and other property with hailstones as large as softballs. The storms also spawned three confirmed tornadoes —  one each in Collin, Hunt and Hopkins counties.

    The National Weather Service confirmed the following information from last Thursday's storm.

    • Tornado (EF0 — wind up to 85 mph) — Princeton (Collin County) with an estimated peak winds of 85 mph.  The tornado width was about 40 yards with a length of 1.2 miles.
    • Tornado (EF1 — wind up to 110 mph) — Near Merit/Greenville (Hunt County) with an estimated peak wind of 110 mph. The tornado width was 750 yards with a length of 11.1 miles. Four people were injured  during this event.
    • Tornado (EF1 — wind up to 110 mph) — Near Tira (Hopkins County) with an estimated peak wind of 105 mph. The tornado width was 250 yards with a length of a half-mile.
    • Hail — Denton    4.25"
    • Hail — 2 North of Denton 2.75"
    • Hail — Aubrey    2.75"
    • Hail — Frisco    2"
    • Hail — 3 NW McKinney    2"
    • Hail — Allen    2"
    • Wind Gust — Denton Municipal Airport — 82 mph

    The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) estimated approximately 24,000 vehicles and 12,000 homes were damaged in the storm. 

    Losses from those who did not have insurance are not included in that estimate.

    "Insurance companies are moving as quickly as possible in assessing the damage to everyone's property in the area.  Once the damage has been determined, we highly recommend that policyholders turn to local businesses for their auto and home repairs," said Mark Hanna, ITC spokesman.

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