El Paso County hail storm caused estimated $169M in insured losses
Several homeowners in southern Colorado woke up overnight June 13 to extensive hail damage. Based on statistics from the National Weather Service (NWS), it was the strongest overnight hail storm in El Paso County in more than 20 years.
The strong storm tore through the county, with much of the impact in Fountain. Hail in the area was reported as large as 3 inches. According to NWS, El Paso County has not seen hail more than 2 inches during the overnight hours since 1995.
On Friday, The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association released new numbers following insurance claims. The severe storm caused an estimated $169 million in insured losses. It resulted in at least 26,000 car and home insurance claims. That makes it the 12th most expensive hailstorm in the state.
11 News first warned of the severe storm. After it ended, several viewers shared photos and videos of broken glass from their homes and shattered car windows. One woman showed the hail that broke through her windows in her new home, sending hail throughout her living room.
"We've got damage to the siding," said homeowner Valorie Munoz. "There's big holes all over here, all throughout the sides. We've got broken windows we've got this broken one here."
"It was just so loud we couldn't even hear each other talk," Munoz continued. "I've never seen anything like it in my life."