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2016 Marks Record-Setting Hail-Related Insurance Claims in Texas

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According to the insurance industry, Texas homeowners bore a record year in 2016 with respect to hail damage to their homes and property. With insured damage reports from the Texas Department of Insurance for hail-related residential issues topping out at $5 billion, last year’s figures beat the prior state record that was set in 2015 at $1.9 billion.

2016 Marks Record-Setting Hail-Related Insurance Claims in Texas

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With a comparable margin, Austin-based Insurance Council of Texas identified that the 2016 damage reached peak levels for one hailstorm that took place in the Texas Hill Country, with the San Antonio area reporting $1.4 billion in insured losses. Hail combined with wind damage to insured Texas residential property also reach a record-setting level, reporting close to $6 billion, and again shattering the prior state record of $1.5 billion set in 2015.

2016 Marks Record-Setting Hail-Related Insurance Claims in Texas

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Over the last two years, the Lone Star State has ranked highest in America for most hail damage. Within almost the first half of the year, unofficial reports of hail in Texas totaling 602 in sheer number, have been made to the National Weather Service, which has almost surpassed the full years’ worth of reports in 2015, which numbered 783.

2016 Marks Record-Setting Hail-Related Insurance Claims in Texas
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In an interview with My San Antonio, Cory Van Pelt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, identified that the likelihood of hail is more predominant in the northern portion of the state, resulting from cold fronts that very rarely make it into South Central Texas. He further noted that Texas is a melting pot of weather, including moist Gulf of Mexico air mixing with dry West Texas air, creating the perfect scenario for varying weather events. This could account for the state being ranked number one in the U.S. for most hail damage reported. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, from the beginning of January 2013 to the end of December 2015, 394,572 total claims were filed. From the looks of recent statistics, this number will climb considerably in the coming months.

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