Amarillo Hail Increases Glass Repairs

Homes, businesses and vehicles in Amarillo faced severe damage when strong winds and baseball-sized hail battered the Texas Panhandle Monday evening. By Tuesday, glass repair shops had received more phone calls than they could handle for repairs to broken windshields, windows and skylights.

According to an article in the Amarillo Globe-News, repair shops faced back-to-back calls, with more than 300 calls to each business within 24 hours.

"We are working on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we'll be working until the sun goes down," said Laura Clayton, president of Clayton's Auto Glass. In the article, Clayton added that she had called reinforcements from surrounding towns to help out with all the work.

"The storm was massive," said Kim Henderson, manager of the area's Binswanger Glass. "Some storms give a lot of automotive repairs and not a lot of residential or commercial. This one was all encompassing; a lot of residential, a massive amount of commercial and automotive."

Nearly all of the windows on one end of a six-story hospital were knocked out, blowing glass over the lobby and patients. About 100 patients had to be moved to other rooms as a result of the damage. On the city's West side, 100 shattered skylights forced a 24-hour Wal-Mart Super Center to close.

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