March 20, 2018 | Severe Hail Storm Orlando, Florida
On 3/20/2018 at approximately 2:15 PM CST, a severe hail storm took place over Orange County, Florida causing widespread damage from half dollar to golf ball sized hailstones. Severe thunderstorm warnings with heavy rain and winds that could possibly spawn cyclones put Orlando and much of central Florida under a tornado watch until 7 PM.
The Orlando, Florida metro area was struck by hail approximately 1.25″ in diameter. The storms produced 73-77 mile per hour winds which drove the hail to severely impact residential dwellings and commercial buildings in the area. Hail storms are common in Orlando, Florida, where on a typical year there may be 5 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, 402-571-8800 or toll free at 877-559-4010.