AUSTIN (KXAN) - Damaging severe thunderstorms and hail erupted over the TexasHill Country on Wednesday, prompting tornado and severe-stormwarnings across much of the area.
While no tornadoes have been confirmed, reports of hail damagecontinue to pour in from north and northwest Austin.
Many afternoon commuters were caught on Highway 183 as golfball- to- tennis ball-sized hail rained down on them. Windshieldswere reported broken in numerous vehicles, some of which were leftstranded on the freeway.
Several homes also suffered broken windows by wind-driven hail,and many automobiles received hail damage.
The storms weakened as they moved across the reset of themetro area, but continued to produce heavy rain, small hail, gustywinds and lightning.
The tornado watch was cancelled for the Austin metro countiesafter the storm passed.
Many residents in Llano County and southern Burnet County spentthe hours after the storm cleaning up broken glass from cars andhomes. Residents in Horseshoe Bay reported tennis-ball sizedhail. Hail busted the skylights out of more than a dozenhomes on the same street in Meadowlakes. There were stillhail stones on the ground hours after the storm.
Hail as big as golf balls pounded parts of North Austin,damaging several homes. "It was just fast and furious. Big time hail!" said Ken Ballage. The storm knocked out fourof his home's five skylights. Other homeowners near Ballageplan to have their roofs checked in the coming days for haildamage.
The storm hit at rush hour and many drivers could not get theircars to cover. Tracy Drolletti was one of the driverson 183 when the storm hit. Hail shattered her car's backwindow.
"It started coming down. I looked behind me, the wholething was shattered. No good at all," said Drolletti.
But the storm will likely mean good business for the people whorepair damaged vehicles. The Cedar Park Body and Frame shopis already getting a lot of requests for repairs.
"A hail storm like this you can see anything from 50 to 70percent increase in the amount of vehicles they drop off on top ofregular collision." said Jason Hart who works at the shop.
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