Hundreds of insurance claims to come after hail storm rips through Georgetown

Williamson County

GEORGETOWN (KXAN) — A hail storm with stones the size of baseballs ripped through Georgetown Wednesday night. Now, hundreds of people who live there are assessing the damage to their homes and vehicles. 

The hail hit especially the northwestern portions of Georgetown near Sun City and Serenada. And the National Weather Service used the KXAN photo in this story, which was taken in Georgetown just before 1 a.m., to confirm baseball-sized hail. That’s hail that reaches 2.75 inches in diameter.

KXAN meteorologists say this storm system was a lone severe thunderstorm that erupted late Tuesday night, grew in intensity, unleashed its massive hail stones over Williamson County and then weakened and disappeared over northern Bastrop County.

Steven Peachy, the owner of Peach Tree Construction spent the good part of his Thursday giving out free assessing more than 15 Georgetown homes.

Steven Peachy, Owner of Peach Tree Construction walks through the hail damage on a Georgetown home Thursday.

“The first thing the homeowner should do is verify they have damage,” said Steven Peachy. “For a roof the insurance company looks for 8 to 10 hits per square. A square is a 10 by 10 area.”

Peachy says the typical deductible for the damage like this is 1% of the insured value of the home. Generally, the insurance company won’t pay the entire cost of the damage up front. Peachy also says, a homeowner should not pay for the repair until there is material purchased and outside the home.

Meanwhile, body repair shops across Georgetown also received their fair share of calls on Thursday.

Stephen Brast operates his Paintless Dent Repair shop out of his home. He says he didn’t get a chance to put his phone down Thursday. The first people should do is file a hail damage up front.

“File the claim, because you don’t want to pay that money out of pocket. This kind of work costs thousands,” said Stephen Brast. “It will fall under your comprehensive insurance. They call it the ‘Act of God’ claim.”

KXAN’s Candy Rodriguez went out to Georgetown to take a look at damage, and she interviewed a resident who noticed dents in her car Thursday morning.

Viewers reported damage to their homes, trees, cars and windows.

And they sent us a bunch of their photos showing the impressive size of the hail stones. Here is a gallery of those viewer pictures from the early morning hours of May 28:

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