Wednesday, 19 June 2013 21:32

May 28 Hailstorm in Amarillo, TX, Causes $400 Million in Damages, Shops Have Seen Hundreds of Cars

The Insurance Council of Texas reported an estimated 35,000 vehicles and thousands of homes were damaged in a massive hailstorm that hit Amarillo May 28. Insured losses are expected to reach $400 million.

Hail up to the size of baseballs pounded vehicles, knocked out windshields and damaged roofs. The storm moved directly through the center of this city of nearly 200,000.

Amarillo body shops will be busy for months to come.

Forest Holt, owner of Southwest Body Shop, 6359 Canyon Drive in Amarillo, said his shop has written hundreds of estimates. “Things are just crazy here. We’re swamped. We have 35,000 claims here in Amarillo.”

Ginger Moore, owner of Rylee’s High-Tech Collision at 4245  S. Georgia in Amarillo, says the business generated from the hail storm is “good and crazy.” She estimates they’ve seen at least 60 cars in the first few days following the storm. “We are booked for two months,” she said. They are telling customers they will have a two-week wait.

Derin Dunlay, an estimator with Texas Body Shop located at 4900 McCarty in Amarillo, said they have seen “hundreds and hundreds” of damaged vehicles. He estimates the hail storm lasted 45 minutes with hail stones as large at golf balls or larger. The shop is booked out until the end of September and he said the typical wait for a customer will be 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. He said this latest hail storm was big, but not quite as bad as the storm that hit the area in 2004.

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