Hail is formed when raindrops pass through currents of freezing air and turn into small blocks of ice. Hailstones can be as small as peas or as large as softballs, and the larger ones can cause injury and serious damage (Hail Facts, IBHS). The average hailstorm lasts only five minutes, but the damage totals about $1 billion a year, according to the National Weather Service.
Because hail can occur during strong thunderstorms, hailstorms may spring up during any season. But being prepared – and knowing what to do – can help you stay safe and keep damage to a minimum.
Here are four ways to minimize hail damage to your auto, home or business:
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