As well as strong winds and heavy rains, hail Ã¢â‚¬“ ranging from pea to baseball size Ã¢â‚¬“ was a feature of the massive tornadoes that touched down in the Dallas Fort Worth area yesterday.
Specifically, the Dallas-Fort Worth international airport reported that more than 100 aircraft were damaged by hail, according to CNN.
Hail causes about $1 billion in damage to crops and property each year, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Pea size hail measures an estimated Ã‚ ¼ inch in diameter, while baseball size hail would measure about 2 Ã‚ ¾ inches.
The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) reminds us that hail damage is covered under standard homeowners insurance. It is also covered under your auto policy provided you have comprehensive coverage.
Some insurers may have special deductibles in hail prone areas, to help keep insurance premiums at affordable levels.
Physical damage to aircraft as a result of hail would be covered under a hull insurance policy.
The I.I.I. reports there were over 9,000 major hail storms in 2010, according to statistics from NOAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Severe Storms database. Texas had the largest number of severe hail events in 2010, followed by Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
LearnÃ‚ howÃ‚ to protect your home from hail in this I.I.I. video: