Hail damage to a brand new car
It could have been worse
The night of Wednesday, April 27, 2011, was a dark and stormy night for many people across the southeast. My heart goes out to the many people negatively effected by last night's storm.
My home is located halfway in between Greeneville and Morristown, Tennessee in a tiny town called Mosheim. It is so tiny that if you blink, you don't even know you have gone through it. My husband and I live in a log cabin out in the country.
I was working on my computer when the electricity blitzed out, came back on long enough for me to safely log out, and then blitzed out for good around 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. I grabbed a flashlight, opened the front door, and saw the whole neighborhood was dark.
There had been a bad thunderstorm earlier with tornado warnings for a nearby town. Both my husband and I had turned off our computers. Then he headed off to the nursing home to visit his invalid mother and I waited out the storm so that I could begin writing again.
Obviously, when the electricity went out, that option was taken out of my hands.
I stood out on the front porch and watched in fascination as the lightning lit up the whole neighborhood bright as day for a few seconds. The trees began lashing. Then the first round of hail hit. Some of the hail was the size of a golf ball. Some of the hail was the size of a pea. It came down for a few minutes and then stopped.
I began praying as soon as it began coming down. My husband had called a little while before the electricity went out to let me know he was going by the grocery store to pick up a couple of items. So I knew he would be out in this. I prayed for him and for all the other drivers out there.
Then the hail hit a second time. This time, they came down bigger and harder. I prayed even harder still. I had to move back into the house as the hail and rain was coming in sideways. I also held my flashlight at the ready to try to help guide my husband home.
He finally pulled into the driveway a couple of minutes after the hail stopped. The hail hit his car so hard that it almost knocked his car off the road. Nissan Versas are lovely cars; however, they do get buffeted by the wind pretty easily. He said the driver in the other lane simply stopped where he or she was as the hail and rain was coming down so hard that you could not see out the windshield.
Not wanting to be a sitting target, he did his best to keep driving. This morning, he want outside and counted the dents. There were fourteen.
Believe it or not, we did not notice the huge hole in the Driver Side view mirror until he took the car to get an estimate for repairs a week later. You can see that hole below that is way larger than a golf ball.
We are still waiting to hear the results of the estimates. One place gave a $3500 estimate. The results are still pending with another body shop.
The sad thing is ...
The sad thing is that this was a new car. He just got it in December of 2010. The good thing it, our insurance will cover it. We have to get an estimate for the insurance company.
Prior to the storm, I had cooked spaghetti. I had made the meaty sauce but was planning to wait until my husband got home before I cooked the noodles. We had to wait until about 10:45 p.m. before I could complete that last step. That was when our electricity finally came back on.
We found out that his boss had severe damage to his truck and home. We heard that some people actually died. We worried about the pets and wildlife that might have been hurt or killed.
It was indeed a dark and stormy night; however, today, the sun is shining bright.
God bless you all. I hope you all have happier and more hopeful tales to tell.
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