Oklahoma Hail Damage Not as Severe this Time Around

Oklahoma auto glass shop employees say this series of hail storms hasn’t brought as much damage, or as much business, as the past series of storms.

“We haven’t seen anything yet,” says Bill Stoneking, shop foreman for City Glass OKC Inc. in Oklahoma City, Okla. “Most of it was in the outlying areas, but there was some weather in Oklahoma City. I don’t know if it’s people having to deal with their insurance companies or what, but we haven’t seen any work from it yet.”

A representative for Gene Burk Glass and Mirror in Duncan, Okla., also noted that her company hadn’t seen any new work as a result of the storms, but that there may have been other areas in the state that were hit harder by the storms.

Some of the work that has come in, however, has been slow.

“It’s not exactly in our area but it’s in the rural areas,” says David Porter, owner and operator of Glass Doctor in Lawton, Okla. “The work we’re seeing  is home, automotive and business … I’d say it’s split 50/50 [between auto and flat glass damage].”

The hail, which Porter says was reported as “golf-ball to tennis-ball size,” hasn’t been as detrimental this round compared to last week’s storms.

However, weather forecasters at NBC News and The Weather Channel  today warned motorists from Texas to Illinois to keep their vehicles in a garage if possible as more heavy hail is expected for those areas.

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