April 28th hail storm second most costly in U.S. history

5:13 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - Storms are expected on Saturday, but hopefully they won't be nearly as bad as the massive one in April.

On Friday NewsChannel 5 learned it was the second most costly hail storm in United States history, according to a new report from the National Weather Service.

Several rounds of hail the size of baseballs and larger, slammed the St. Louis area on the afternoon of April 28th. It busted out windows and shattered windshields around the Westport Plaza area, and damaged homes across the metro.

The storm also blew over a party tent near Busch Stadium, killing a man and hurting several other people.

The storm caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage resulting from 245,000 claims.

By the way, the most expensive hail storm in U.S. history also hit St. Louis back in April of 2001.

We wanted to know how this incredible cost could hit family budgets across our area, so we checked with Bob Grone of a local State Farm Insurance office.

He says that insurance rates will most likely increase in the St. Louis area. If that happens, you'll find an explanation in the fine print on your policy notice.



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