ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — People in Round Rock and the Austin area woke up to shattered windshields, dented cars, and damaged roofs Monday morning after hail fell from the sky overnight.
KXAN viewers shared their videos and photos of the severe storm from overnight and its aftermath.
Roy Armendariz said he saw baseball-sized hail fall in his Cat Hollow neighborhood. That kind of hail can harm people and animals that are outside. Armendariz said he had to save his pet who was outside in the storm when it started.
“Matter of fact, my dog was in the front yard and got hit, and then it came down like hail,” Armendariz explained. “Causing damage to my vehicle, the house, and my whole neighborhood.”
The Honda dealership in Round Rock sustained thousands of dollars of damage to vehicles in its lot. Cars lined up closes to the frontage road all shared the same characteristics — a severely cracked windshield, shattered back windshield, and dents along the car.
First responders who had to be out in the storm were also affected. One of the Williamson County EMS units was responding to a call and “had its windshield shattered by the hail and has hail damage to the vehicle hood and roof,” according to the county. Another ambulance had a leak in its roof that will soon be repaired, and an administrative vehicle got a cracked windshield.
“We were very fortunate as many residents had much worse,” a county spokesperson said.
The Round Rock Independent School District also reported some damage to its campuses.
“According to the operations department, last night’s hailstorm caused various damage to our schools, equipment, and facilities, including power outages, broken skylights, windows and windshields, dented HVAC equipment, vehicles and buses, leaky roofs, and downed tree limbs,” a spokesperson said in an email to KXAN.
According to the spokesperson, school operations are expected to operate as scheduled when classes resume Tuesday. Monday was a student holiday/teacher workday for the district.
The City of Round Rock reported damage to some city facilities and vehicles due to the hail storm.
“Our vehicle fleet experienced significant damage, and several City departments will utilize reserve vehicles to maintain normal operations to provide essential services to the public,” the city said on its Facebook page.
The city also directed residents who are dealing with repairs to personal property to the Texas Department of Insurance for tips on filing claims and avoiding fraud following a storm.
KXAN relies on Central Texas viewers to be our eyes and ears on the ground during severe weather events. Whether you’re seeing a crazy cloud formation, a beautiful sunset, giant hail, flooding or possibly a tornado — we’d like to hear about it from you.