MCKINNEY, Texas — Like weather often will do, things changed quickly, and thankfully North Texas was not hit hard by Wednesday’s hailstorm.
Over the past 24 hours, hundreds have shared photos of the precautions they took in case hail hit, including Matthew Robinson. Robinson lives in McKinney and he used an inflatable bubble to cover his new truck.
“I’m doing what I can to protect my stuff, and if it doesn’t fit in the garage, that’s an option,” Robinson said. “When these storms hit, you’re not going to be the only vehicle hit, they run out of rental cars, I mean, you’ve got weeks to wait for repairs in the shop.”
The inflatable bubble is one of many ideas North Texans tried as they waited out the storm. Some put bags of mulch on their hood, others blew up air mattresses and covered their cars with them.
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Ricky Parham is a Claims Specialist with State Farm. He lives two hours from McKinney, but he temporarily relocated three weeks ago after the March 24 hailstorm in Collin County.
“The one on the 24th, it did, I think we had about 3,500 claims reported from that event,” Parham said. “It’s difficult to do more than 8 a day, but I do that 6 days a week.”
Parham said he appreciates how people get creative to protect their vehicle, but he says no matter what you do, make sure it is covered.
In 2018 alone, State Farm paid Texans more than $430 million in hail damage for auto and home claims. In 2017, that number was more than $800 million.
“The cost to repair hail damage is very expensive and it continues to go up,” Parham said. “If you can protect your vehicle protect the vehicle by putting it in the garage or a carport or some kind of covered parking if at all possible.”
And that’s why Robinson made sure to buy his inflatable hail protector.
“My wife doesn’t like it when I have to leave in the middle of a thunderstorm with two crying kids to go hide my truck,” Robinson said with a smile.
“I mean anything that works right,” Robinson said. “No one wants to be out a vehicle several weeks.”