Property damaged by baseball-size hail, strong wind and rain

7:10 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
Hail in College Park near the airport (Leonard Lydon)
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ATLANTA -- A storm packing high winds, heavy rain and devastating hail left a path of destruction throughout Metro Atlanta on Monday night.

In some parts of town, trees were uprooted, roofs damaged and cars were pelted with hailstones during the brief storm.

Early Tuesday, citizens assessed the damage and deemed it time for cleanup and repair.

It all happened in a matter of minutes but the 11Alive Help Desk recommends that people don't rush to get it all repaired in a matter of minutes.

Damaged beyond repair was the word for some vehicles, where the cost of repair would exceed the value of the vehicle.

More than 300 cars were damaged at Nissan South in Morrow.

Body Shops throughout the Metro were full of car owners looking for estimates on repairs. Some cars had damage that repair crews had never seen before.

"One was hit by hail that was baseball size, probably the biggest I've seen, probably the biggest we've ever seen," said Monte Joiner, of Gerber Auto Body and Dent Science.

The key to repair is not rushing into it.

"Guys beside the road, throwing up a tent, I don't know who they are. I would not recommend it. Pull out and that's the end of it," Joiner added.

And when it comes to storm roof damage in your home -- be cautious.

Contact your insurance carrier and quickly cover damaged roof areas with a tarp to avoid leaks into your home.

Get reputable estimates and stick with proven licensed and insured roof repair services.
Stay away from pop-up so-called expert services.

And when you get an estimate be at home.

And make sure you and your insurance carrier agree on who will repair your roof and your car and that everyone signs off on the cost.

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