A powerful convective storm system that began June 10 in the central and southern United States resulted in insured losses estimated at nearly $5.5 billion, according to a brief released Wednesday by Karen Clark & Co.
KCC’s damage estimate includes privately insured damage to residential, commercial and industrial properties and cars.
The Boston-based disaster modeler said 25 states were affected by the storm system, which struck daily from June 10 to 19.
Texas saw the most damage from the storms, followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Softball-sized hail was reported across Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Georgia, and extreme wind gusts exceeding hurricane strength were measured throughout the South.
The storms produced widespread hail and winds and spawned several damaging tornadoes. There were 1,557 reports of hail, 93 reports of tornadoes, and 2,719 reports of damaging wind gusts from the event.
More than 18% of the 1,557 hail reports were severe, meaning larger than 2 inches in diameter. The largest hailstone fell in Wheeler County, Texas, on June 13 and measured 5.5 inches in diameter. Large hail in Mississippi (4.75”) and Arkansas (4.88”) came close to matching state records of 5”.
More than 40 hurricane-force wind gusts were reported across the South during the event, including a 100 mph gust near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two confirmed EF-3 tornadoes formed during the event, one in Perryton, Texas, and the other in Louin, Mississippi.