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Greater Houston Residents Report Property Damage From Unusually Large Hail

Some residents saw hail the size of baseballs as severe thunderstorms swept through the region over the weekend.

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150419-hail-800px.jpgA sample of hail during Sunday’s storms

 

It’s not uncommon for the region to see hailstorms in April, but they’re usually not this widespread. That’s according to Dan Reilly with the National Weather Service. He says the warm moist air mixing with colder air overhead led to severe storms and large hail.

“Some spots even had tennis ball-sized hail, but numerous reports of golf ball were found in the area,” Reilly says.

Some of the hardest-hit areas include Tomball, Somerville, Copperfield and Jersey Village.

Houston’s Office of Emergency Management has received reports of damage to cars, lawns, roofs and windows. Spokesman Francisco Sanchez says it can be difficult to protect against hail damage, but there are some steps you can take.

“There’s often a myth of putting tape across your windows as you would for a hurricane,” Sanchez says. “That’s not going to do a whole lot. The best thing for people to do is to take care of themselves. Definitely bring your car under a car port or in the garage if you can. Bring your pet indoors.”

Sanchez says they’re still assessing just how much damage was caused by the hail. 

 

Reported Hail To the NWS 

Time Estimated Size City/Location Lat/.Lon Source
3:24 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail SW Caldwell
Near Deanville
30.43N 96.82W Public
3:40 p.m. 0.88 Inch Hail Bryan 30.67N 96.37W Trained Spotter
3:48 p.m. 2.50 Inch Hail NW Somerville
Reported in Lyons
30.39N 96.58W Public
3:50 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail Near Lake Somerville. 30.32N 96.53W Public report of 1 inch size hail near Lake Somerville.
3:58 p.m. 1.75 Inch Hail Somerville 30.35N 96.53W Public
4:00 p.m. 0.50 Inch Hail E Somerville
Town Of Independence
30.35N 96.36W Justice Of The Peace reported dime size hail in the Town Of Independence.
4:02 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail NE Bryan
Reported near Kurten
30.77N 96.25W Public
4:45 p.m. 0.88 Inch Hail E Madisonville 30.95N 95.86W Trained Spotter
5:27 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail E Magnolia
On FM 1488
30.21N 95.75W Trained Spotter
5:46 p.m. 0.75 Inch Hail S Magnolia 30.14N 95.75W Public
5:50 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail The Woodlands 30.16N 95.49W Twitter report of quarter size hail.
5:58 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail Hempstead 30.09N 96.08W Public
6:03 p.m. 2.00 Inch Hail Tomball 30.10N 95.62W Public
6:04 p.m. 1.75 Inch Hail Hempstead 30.09N 96.08W Public
6:10 p.m. 2.00 Inch Hail Waller 30.06N 95.92W Public
6:36 p.m. 2.75 Inch Hail S Tomball 30.05N 95.61W Twitter report of baseball size hail at HWY 249 and Boudreaux Road south of Tomball.
6:39 p.m. 1.75 Inch Hail SE Tomball
HWY 249 and Louetta Rd
30.00N 95.58W Trained Spotter
6:50 p.m. 1.50 Inch Hail N Sealy 29.79N 96.15W NWS Employee – 1.5 ping pong size hail north of Sealy reported by WFO Midland Employee.
7:05 p.m. 1.75 Inch Hail N Jersey Village 29.98N 95.57W Public – Reported at Cypresswood and HWY 249
7:11 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail West Jersey Village 29.91N 95.63W Public
7:29 p.m. 1.75 Inch Hail SW Jersey Village 29.86N 95.61W Public – Golf ball size hail at West Little York and North Eldridge.
7:30 p.m. 1.75 Inch Hail N Old River-Winfree 29.90N 94.82W Golf ball size hail 6 Miles NE of Mont Belvieu.
7:38 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail W Fulshear 29.68N 95.94W Emergency Mngr – Quarter-size hail reported in City Of Weston Lakes.
7:43 p.m. 1.75 Inch Hail S Columbus 29.59N 96.55W County Official
7:47 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail NW Houston 29.80N 95.40W Trained Spotter – Quarter Size Hail Houston Heights
7:48 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail Ene Cove 29.84N 94.74W Law Enforcement
7:50 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail Weimar 29.70N 96.78W County Official Quarter Size Hail In Weimer
7:50 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail Columbus 29.70N 96.55W County Official – Quarter Size Hail In Columbus.
8:30 p.m. 0.88 Inch Hail Pearland 29.56N 95.28W Trained Spotter – Nickel Size Hail In Pearland At 521 And 2234.
8:48 p.m. 1.00 Inch Hail Ene Fresno 29.56N 95.40W Amateur Radio

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