Hail Storm

We had a pretty severe hail storm roll through at about 8:45 last night. I think this is the third or fourth of the year and the most severe — at least at our house. The previous storm was fairly severe in its own right, but this one seemed much worse. Most of the houses in our neighborhood have already had their roofs replaced from the previous storms, but we hadn’t taken in action on ours, and weren’t really planning to do so.

Plans? Changed. The hail broke two of our windows. I went in the attic and found that there was water coming in from some of the roof vents/pipes, though I honestly don’t know how abnormal this is in a really heavy storm. As long as we have to replace the windows, we might as well get the roof checked. So I’ve filed a claim with insurance.

Below are some shots my wife took after the storm. Note that it was still pretty warm out, so the hail was melting rapidly. There was definitely some quarter-sized or larger hail falling during the storm and it was coming down very hard. I went in the garage at one point and the sound of the hail hitting the metal doors was horrendous. One of the broken windows is actually fairly sheltered, which indicates how much the wind was blowing the hail sideways.

water leaking in from where the roof of the garage butts up against the side of the house

This is the floor where you can see water leaking in from where the roof of the garage butts up against the side of the house.

cracked external pane of the window above the front door, with some tape on the unbroken inner pane "just in case"

Here you can see the cracked external pane of the window above the front door, with some tape on the unbroken inner pane "just in case". You can also get some idea of how sheltered this window is.

A lot of the hail has already melted at this point. Also, this is from the back deck which was somewhat sheltered by the house itself based on the wind direction.

A lot of the hail has already melted at this point. Also, this is from the back deck which was somewhat sheltered by the house itself based on the wind direction.

Here is a larger view of the back deck.

Here is a larger view of the back deck.

Marci is showing a piece of hail. Again, quite a bit of melting had already occurred.

Marci is showing a piece of hail. Again, quite a bit of melting had already occurred.

While the downstairs window was only cracked, this upstairs window, which isn't really sheltered at all, is simply broken, though just the outside pane.

While the downstairs window was only cracked, this upstairs window, which isn't really sheltered at all, is simply broken, though just the outside pane.

The doormat probably provided a bit of insulation to keep the hail from melting as rapidly here.

The doormat probably provided a bit of insulation to keep the hail from melting as rapidly here.

Here is some more yet-to-melt hail.

Here is some more yet-to-melt hail.

No insulation here, so I bet this pile was a big accumulation point from the front steps.

No insulation here, so I bet this pile was a big accumulation point from the front steps.

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  1. #1 by kilax on June 12, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    Holy crap! That is freaky! Were you worried when the storm hit?
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    • #2 by Ren on June 13, 2009 - 12:26 am

      kilax – Yes, we were reasonably worried. I wasn’t the least bit surprised when the window cracked because the hail was hitting so hard. My 10-year-old daughter was quite frightened by the noise. Also, there was a tornado watch going on at the time. Thankfully, the intensity only lasted for about ten or fifteen minutes.

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  2. #3 by whall on June 15, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    We had some, too (which I blogged about) and the tornado was not too far away… probably about 2 miles. But fortunately we didn’t get any damage. We still haven’t replaced our roof from the last storm in April.
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    • #4 by Ren on June 15, 2009 - 3:39 pm

      whall – Some of the damage in our neighborhood made me wonder if there wasn’t a mini-tornado about. Probably just high winds, though. Yesterday I noticed that some of our pool pump equipment is all scuffed up from the hail, I believe.

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  3. #5 by martymankins on June 16, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Wow. Wild, wild hail storm. And busted through the windows. That’s crazy.

    Hopefully the repairs won’t be too expensive.
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    • #6 by Ren on June 17, 2009 - 10:06 am

      martymankins – Yeah, it was pretty wild. The insurance adjuster came this morning and he found a lot more (fairly minor) damage than I had noticed. The good news is that since the roof needs to be replaced, our deductible will already be met, so insurance will pay for everything else, effectively.

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