Blair, NE- The sound of hammers replaced the sound of thunder across the Metro Thursday. Repairs are underway and insurance adjusters are tallying the damage. A massive storm pummeled the city of Blair Tuesday night bringing with it baseball size hail. The costs are expected to add up, but an estimated $1.2 million in damage to the courthouse alone. It’s just one of a many places waiting to be fixed. “9 windows blown out and then all the glass, it’s just, every time you turn around there’s glass.” said homeowner The side of home took a beating and it’s not just the windows and siding. “The roofs leaking already up around by the chimney there, it’s leaking.” said homeowner. He made a call to a repair company. Now, he waits. Homeowners may be waiting for that repair. Adjusters are out in full force, but the sheer number of claims is staggering. One adjust or KMTV Action 3 News spoke to says he’s booked through next week. And all those damaged cars are going to be sitting around awhile. “People call Progressive, and they’ve already called the customer, but it’s just a call to let them know they’ve got the claim […]
The storm pummeled almost every community along I-70 from Kansas City to Granite City; producing nine tornadoes along the way. The storm is best known for it`s monster hail. Golf ball to baseball sized hail, propelled at times by winds in excess of 70 mph, shredded everything in the storms path. The damage… was epic. “It was very prolific at producing golf ball and baseball sized hail and not only did it produce a lot of this hail. But, it produced it over populated areas along I-70.” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Gary Schmocker. More than 120,000 homes, 65,000 cars and 8,000 commercial buildings all reported damage. At Lambert Airport 24 commercial and military aircraft were smashed. So were hundreds of cars at the Ford assembly plant in Hazelwood. Insured losses from the storm reached $1.5 billion. This makes it the most costly hail storm in US history.