Watch Out! Hailstorm Season in Here!
Hailstorms are one of the main sources of home and vehicle structural damages in the U.S. According to NOAA’s Severe Storms database, during the past five years, claims related to wind and hail damage on a national basis accounted for almost 40 percent of all insured losses, averaging approximately $15 billion annually; and growing each year. For those who live in Colorado and near areas, things can get even worse in this time of the year.
In the last past 3 weeks, Colorado has been facing several severe hailstorms. Just last Monday, June 18th, 2018, during the night, a heavy hailstorm stroke Boulder and communities in the western and northern of part of the metro area. Locals reported baseball-sized hailstones and severe damages on cars and house structures.
Colorado Is One of the Most Hail-Prone States
According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, Colorado had the second highest number of hail claims in the US from 2013-2015 (182,591), second only to Texas. In fact, it is located at what meteorologists call Hail Alley. This is the triangular region from Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska where they all meet, with the largest frequency of large hail in North America. The RMIIA, database, shows that the costliest hailstorm to hit Colorado was on May 8, 2017. The Denver metro area sustained $2.3 billion in insured damage.
Hail season typically starts in spring, when the cold air from the Rocky Mountains moves over the Front Range. By the end of June, it usually shifts east across the plains. In the Rocky Mountain area, hail season normally occurs, from April 15 to September 15. However, in Colorado sometimes, late-season hailstorms have hit in October. Therefore, it is important always to be one step ahead and constantly checking the forecast.
What to Do When a Hailstorm Strikes?
First, check your insurance policy in order to make sure everything looks good and you are protected against natural disasters. Most insurance policies likely cover hailstorm damages, nonetheless, it is better to be sure, to avoid any unpleasant surprise.
Always pay attention to weather changes, news, and forecast. Hailstorms usually strike about 20 minutes after a thunderstorm appears. Therefore, it is important to run for shelter before this happens. Park your car in the garage, in order to avoid any severe damage. Small dents are always easy to repair with PDR, but if a heavy hailstorm destroys your vehicle, the story could be different.
When driving and you find yourself all of a sudden in the middle of a hailstorm, drive facing or away from the storm. Windshields are built stronger than side windows and they can better resist the hailstone impacts. Try to look for a covered parking lot, like the ones found at shopping malls or look for tall buildings and park in the middle of them. Tall buildings can work as a barrier. Try placing a blanket on your car floor mats on top of the roof, hood and windshield in order to minimize any possible damages.
Once the storm is over, check your vehicle and make a record of all the damages found. This will be of great help when placing the insurance claim. After determining all the damages suffered, your best option is to contact a professional paintless dent removal. Auto Rehab, has been helping Colorado citizens deal with their hailstorm damages and issues for decades.
It doesn’t matter if you have some minor dents on the body of your car or if your entire business vehicle fleet was destroyed. Our professional staff will get your vehicle looking brand new again in a short time. Contact Auto Rehab today and find out everything you need to know about PDR and hailstorm protection.