Hitchcook residents amazed by severe hail storm damage


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 7:20 PM

HOUSTON—People in Hitchcock spent the day patching up windows on their homes and cars after an intense hail storm pounded the community Tuesday night.

People said the hail was the size of softballs.

“I didn’t know what to think,” Betty Whittington said.

Hail busted out the rear window of her SUV.

Surveillance video captured images of the hail falling at the Bostonian Inn on Highway 6.

The storm also had strong winds.

“It sounded like the house was fixing to fly away,” said Hardy Whittington.

Several Hitchcock police vehicles were also knocked out of service.

Some people said it sounded like cannon balls were hitting their homes.

“It was pretty scary. Don’t walk out the door because it probably would have knocked you out,” David Morales said.

The hail also tore fenders and mirrors off cars at Dwayne’s Car Shop.

Throughout the day wreckers were hauling cars totaled by the storm.

Sonia Mendoza’s kids were screaming and took cover.

A section of her home’s roof caved in around midnight.

“It’s horrible and the cleanup is going to be worse,” she said.

Stained glass windows at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church were also broken.

Parishoners were collecting the pieces so the windows imported from Italy could be repaired.

The storm moved through in just a matter of minutes.

Still hours later, Betty Whittington was still shaken.

“I’ve been through hurricanes, but I’ve never been through anything like that that happened last night about midnight,” she said.

Many residents said not even Hurricane Ike did this much damage.