On the evening of April 2, 2013, southeast Texas was hit with baseball- and softball-sized hail. As the powerful storm moved through the area from Houston to Hitchcock, Texas, much property damage occurred, leaving residents and business owners to assess the serious damages the storm caused.
In Hitchcock, Texas, the hailstorm damaged windows, roofs, cars, homes, businesses, and a fire station. According to officials, the storm only lasted 15 to 20 minutes, but it left serious property damage behind. Some homeowners in the area reported that their roofs were even ripped off and the windows in their homes broke. Police officers reported several patrol cars damaged beyond repair, and security cameras at different businesses in the area caught the large hail beating their buildings. Even two churches in Hitchcock along Highway 6 were damaged by the hail. Their commercial property damages included broken windows and water damage.
The same hailstorm and extreme weather also caused extensive damage in Houston and the surrounding areas. Baseball-sized hail was reported along with lightening, heavy rain, and powerful wind gusts. Many residents and business owners in the Houston area were left with roof damage, broken windows, car damage, and door damage. Reports even came in that some homes had their ceiling ripped off at some point in the storm. During the storm, many streets in the Houston area were flooded, and counties such as Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Harris were placed under a severe thunderstorm warning.
The storm did bring rain to an area that needed it, but it was accompanied by large hail and lightning, leaving many homeowners and business owners to file Texas first-party insurance claims.