Damaging hail hits Marble Falls

Broken windows, dented cars, damaged roofs result of storm

Author: David Sears, Reporter, dsears@ksat.com
Published On: Apr 03 2013 04:14:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 05:18:43 PM CDT
MARBLE FALLS, Texas -

While much of South Texas enjoyed much-needed rains over the last couple of days, some of the rain came with a price.

Marble Falls, a two-hour driver north of San Antonio, not only got rain but damaging hail came with it.

The Johnson Sewell Ford Lincoln dealership on Highway 281 in Marble Falls had approximately 450 cars and trucks get pounded by hail, resulting in dented hoods and roofs and cracked windshields.

“We quickly went outside looked at the damage the best that we could, waited for the rain to end, and knew we had been hit really well,” said Tom Kendall, managing partner.

Kendall said he was happy everybody was OK. Cars can be fixed, he said, although it was still tough to see all the damage.

“It’s tough. You have all these pretty cars down-line. We're used to seeing vehicles that look really good. (But) you get these cosmetic issues (and) that’s why we have a good insurance company," Kendall said.

The cost could come to well over $1.5 million.

The dealership was not the only place where cars and trucks were damaged. Less than a mile away, hail pounded a residential neighborhood.

Terry Weathers was standing in his garage when the hail starting hitting his house and described what it sounded like.

“An army of people with ball-peen hammers beating on the roof," he said. "It was loud."

Then he witnessed it hitting his pickup truck parked in the driveway.

“I was watching the truck get beat to death. When I decided to go back in the house, those hailstones were bouncing off that thing and hitting these windows,” Weathers said.

The windows he referred too were in his garage door, several of which ended up broken.

Despite the damage, Weathers said it was good to have the rain.

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