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Hail storms, twisters cause $300M in insured damage in North Texas

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Severe Storms in North Texas
Photo by AP Photo Lightning rips through the night sky on Thursday, April 3, behind a replica Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas as a severe thunderstorm moved through the Southern part of Lamar County bringing high winds, rain and hail.

Hail storms and tornadoes caused an estimated $300 million in insured damage to parts of North Texas last week, the Insurance Council of Texas said Wednesday.

According to the Austin, Texas-based ICT, the thunderstorms began April 3 in Denton, Texas, and moved eastward, resulting in damage for nearly 100 miles.

“The city of Denton was pelted by two separate storms causing widespread damage to automobiles, homes, businesses, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University,” said ICT in a statement.

The ICT also noted that the National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in Collin, Hunt and Hopkins counties. The ICT estimates that approximately 24,000 vehicles and 12,000 homes were damaged in the storm.

The ICT consists of approximately 500 property/casualty insurers writing business in Texas.

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