Hail pelts area as storms pass through
April 04, 2013, 7:00 pm by Adam Troxtell
Large hail left a mess for many residents and some businesses Tuesday afternoon when a severe storm blew through the area.
Kingsland received 2.3 inches of rain in less than an hour when the large storm cell
moved through the area. Hail ranging from marble to golf ball sized was also
reported, pelting cars and windows. Localized flooding was also reported
While insurance agencies have been taking hundreds of claims from individuals, damage at local car dealerships is clear to see. Johnson-Sewell Ford Lincoln in Marble Falls had about all of its 400 to 500 cars hit in the new and pre-owned lots, causing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars worth of damage.
"We figure if every vehicle is hit, and it's at least $2,000 per vehicle, that's about $900,000 right there," Tom Kendall, managing partner at Johnson-Sewell, said. "It could be over $1 million, but we don't want to assume too much before insurance adjusters do their work."
Johnson-Sewell, Lee-Hoffpauir Chevrolet Buick, and Benny Boyd used car dealership will all have discounted prices on their cars in the coming weeks, but none are currently available to drive off the lot since insurance adjusters have not assessed the damage yet.
Another line of storms with strong winds dumped more rain on the area around midnight and early morning Wednesday. The 24-hour rain totals from Lower Colorado River Authority gauges were: Backbone Creek in Marble Falls, 2.34 inches; Lake LBJ at the 1431 bridge near Kingsland, 3.18; Kingsland, 4.01; Tow, 2.19; Burnet, 1.68; Spicewood, 3.00; Round Mountain, 1.45.
For the full story and more photos from Tuesday's storm, see Friday's Highlander.
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