Insurance Council of Texas News

Giant Hail Hits Dallas Area, Causes Millions in Damages

Baseball-sized hailstones smashed windshields, skylights and windows as thunderstorms swept through the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, causing millions of damage. The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth said the storm developed rapidly over Denton and northwest Collin County …

12th Annual Texas Hurricane Tour Begins

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) will lead a team of insurance experts and meteorologists in educating coastal Texans about the need for insurance coverage and hurricane preparedness as part of our 12th annual Hurricane Tour. The purpose is to …

Latest Texas Storm Produced Grapefruit Size Hail

Wind gusts of up to 72 miles per hour and hail as large as grapefruit struck the Midland/Odessa area last Wednesday. Thousands of West Texans were waking up to damaged roofs and automobiles with shattered windshields. Insurance company catastrophe teams …

Pending Hail Legislation has Texas Insurance Industry on Edge

Last year, Texas sustained the most expensive hail and storm season on record with an estimated 500,000 hail claims filed and insured losses totaling more than $4 billion, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. The huge storm losses make …

Record Texas Hailstorm Losses in 2016

In 2016, Texas suffered through another costly year of weather-related losses for homeowners and autos. Looking only at loss information through the end of September, it has been a year of record losses for hailstorms. The months of March and …

Texas Hail Damage Could Cost $300M in Car Repairs

Hailstorms that rolled through the Fort Worth area last week could result in $300 million in vehicle repairs. Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas, estimated Friday that 50,000 vehicles were damaged by the Thursday morning storms, …

2015 Was a Record-Setting Year for Tornadoes in Texas

Texas recorded 244 tornadoes last year making it the highest number of twisters to ever touch down in the Lone Star State since the record keeping began in 1950. The tornadoes claimed 17 lives. The violent weather was responsible for …

Ford Truck Top Target for Auto Thieves in Texas

The Ford pick-up truck is stolen more often than any other vehicle on the roadway in Texas, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. The monthly report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) lists Ford trucks, GM trucks …

Texas Disaster Outreach Program Works to Protect Storm Victims

After tornadoes ravaged the Dallas area in late December, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit worked together to establish a new disaster outreach program, called the Catastrophe Response Team (CRT). The CRT …

Texas Led U.S. in Catastrophic Losses in 2015

Tornadoes, hailstorms and fires took their toll on the state last year with insured losses well over $3 billion. Texas had over three times as many claims and almost three times the dollar amount in losses as the next highest …