January 20, 2017 | Severe Hail Storm in Houston, Texas
On 1/20/2017 a severe hail storm took place over Houston, Texas causing widespread damage from 1.25″ hailstones. This damage contributed property losses county-wide, including damage to roof coverings and vehicles.
The Harris Texas County area was struck by quarter sized hail. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning. The storms produced 35 mile per hour winds which drove the hail to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area. Texas ranked 1st for major hail events in 2012, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Hail storms are uncommon in Houston, Texas, where on a typical year there may be only 3 days of hail.
Nationwide, hail insurance claims total $1 billion of damage to property and crops each year. Typically, 1″ hail or larger causes damage to roof coverings and exterior surfaces, but depending on the material and existing condition, smaller hail can also produce damage. Hail is often part of other severe weather damage, including tornadoes, thunderstorms or lightning strikes.
Engineering Specialists Inc. has more than 25 years of field experience in analyzing hail damage to vehicles, residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. We can work on any project in any state, nationwide. When you or your business needs to confirm the extent of damage from this or any other hail storm, please contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us, toll free, at 855-874-1780.