Strong storms leave damage across Houston area
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Strong storms swept through the Houston area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, bringing with them hail, lightning and strong winds. While we're now done with the strongest storms, we're left with slick roads that should make for a messy commute.
The people who live in Hitchcock say the ground was covered with baseball-size hailstones Tuesday night. Those all melted away, but the late night storm left a definite mark on Ted Dotson's home.
"All of a sudden out of nowhere, you just hear a bunch of boom-boom, and then the windows start breaking out," Dotson recalled.
The hailstones took out every window in the back of Dotson's house, left holes in the siding and in the front and broke out windows in both of his family's cars. But luckily, no one was hurt.
"It sounded like a machine gun, so we got away from the windows," Dotson said. "It just started breaking the windows out."
The storm wreaked havoc on Dotson's neighbor's home, too. Across the street, the Gundermanns were taking a close look at the damage left behind.
"I never heard anything like this," Hazel Gundermann said. "It was so strange. It was so fast and it was so sudden."
The storm's violence smashed the Gundermanns' car windows.
"It just crushed it all on the inside," she said.
Down Highway 6, smashed windshields and dented metal were the theme of the day at Dwayne's Auto Repair.
"It was so bad," said Reginald Dwayne Jenkins. "It was so bad, so heavy, it caved the windshield actually in."
It is thousands and thousands of dollars in damages, but the only things left to do are clean up and wait for the insurance companies.
"Unfortunately, we don't do body work," Jenkins said.
Some residents suffered such severe damage, their vehicles aren't drivable until they can get repairs.
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