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El Paso County ranks #2 for most hail/wind claims in 2018

Posted at 11:58 AM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 20:27:17-04

COLORADO – In recent years, hailstorms have cost Coloradoans $3 billion in insured losses according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.

In 2018, Colorado saw some severe weather with record damage and insurance claims.

State Farm recently released a report listing Colorado as the worst state for hail damage in the U.S. for 2018.

Allstate complied a list of the top ten counties in Colorado with the most hail/wind claims from last year:

  1. Adams
  2. El Paso
  3. Weld
  4. Boulder
  5. Arapahoe
  6. Jefferson
  7. Larimer
  8. Denver
  9. Douglas
  10. Broomfield
Highway 115 damage
A car pulled over on the side of Highway 115 with hail damage on Aug. 6, 2018. (KOAA)

Jerame Gomez on Facebook asked for a map of counties in Colorado most likely to NOT experience hail. How about this 2015 map from the National Weather Service showing severe storm frequency in 2015.

Where you see green dots, that’s where hail hit in that year. And yes, it typically nails the same communities over and over again, with slight variations in frequency from year to year. CLICK HERE for full data

Hail stats 2015
Hail stats 2015 (National Weather Service)


PHOTOS: Severe storms drop hail over Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs

Damaged rooftop vents from 2018 hail storms causing carbon monoxide scares

Photos: August 6 hail storm

June 13 Fountain Hail Storm

The 2019 hail season is right around the corner for Colorado.


Follow these tips to protect yourself and your car during a hail storm:

  • Pull cars and other vehicles into a garage or covered space
  • If caught in hailstorm, find area where it’s safe to pull over and stop driving
  • Stay in your car until hail completely stops
  • Avoid the car’s windows and cover your eyes with something in case windows shatter
  • If you can, get on floor face door or lay on your seat facing away from windows
  • Protect small children from windows (with your body) and cover their eyes
Skylight damage
Hail devastated areas of Colorado Springs and Fountain on Aug. 6, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Chris Loveless)

Here are some tips to prepare your home and minimize hail damage:

  • Have routine roof inspections done in spring and fall
  • Invest in impact-resistant materials like asphalt shingles
  • Protect windows with shutters
  • Shelter your landscape. If storm is coming, bring patio furniture and outdoor equipment inside

It is important to understand the scope of your insurance coverage. Meet with your insurance agent to make sure you have the appropriate coverages for you and your family.

Allstate recommends conducting an insurance review with your agent at least once a year.

Challenger damaged by hail
A car damaged by the massive hail storm on Fort Carson on Aug. 10, 2018.