If it's not floodwater, it's hail damage that Houstonians are now
dealing with after severe thunderstorms pummel Southeast Texas this month.
Along with several inches of flooding, the El Dorado area just northeast
of the East Loop 610 and East Freeway were hit with
baseball-sized hail that peppered plastic sheeting like giant buckshot. Several
properties windows were shattered and even some ceilings reported to have caved in.
Texas has had 36 $100 million disasters from severe thunderstorms in the
past 25 years. Only five of these disasters were tornadoes. Twenty-nine
were from something that oftentimes isn't taken as seriously:
hail. Texas hailstorms have done more economic damage than the 500 most expensive
Texas tornadoes. It's easy to forget how costly hail can be. But if
you have ever had a shopping cart ding your car door, only to be presented
with an $800 bill - it doesn't take much imagination to understand
how those pockmarks add up fast. A single springtime storm can total tens
of thousands of cars and never trigger a tornado warning.