'Gorilla Hail' in Texas Smashes Through Roof, Shatters Car Windows

Large hailstones have damaged car windows and even the roof of a home in parts of Texas following severe thunderstorms, according to images and videos shared on Twitter.

User @Blayne90095403 tweeted: "Gorilla hail!!!! ....Keller TX," sharing a video of the downpour in Keller, Tarrant County of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The video has had over 6,000 views since it was first posted Thursday.

Hailstones managed to push through the roof of one home in Uvalde County in southern Texas, according to photos shared by user @vortexrfd. "One of many giant hail stones that came through the roof of my friend's house this evening in Sabinal, Texas," the user tweeted along with the images.

A tornado warning was issued Wednesday evening in parts of Tarrant County following severe storms in portions of north and central Texas.

User @squirtyyy shared video footage of his car surrounded by broken pieces of glass. "Tornado storm shattered my window!!! IM F***ING PISSED," the user tweeted alongside the footage.

Another video of the damage shared by the user showed the top part of the back window was smashed through. Large holes were seen in the remaining portion of the window, while the glass roofing was also shattered.

Christopher Nunley, the chief meteorologist at KAGS in Texas, shared an image of a car windshield in Fort Worth shattered by hailstones. "These photos were sent to me from Fort Worth! #TXwx #Hail #DFW #DFWwx," he wrote in a post sharing the images.

User @scottvickers01 shared an image of another car window in Keller damaged with large holes, tweeting: "My neighbor's car...still w paper tags! #keller #tarrantcounty #hail."

Gorilla hail!!!! ....Keller TX pic.twitter.com/XHDH0xHIGf

— Blayne the weather fanatic (@Blayne90095403) April 29, 2021

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) Fort Worth warned of "damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph" and that "large hail upwards of 2 inches" could be possible.

A 3-inch hailstone was reported north of Fort Worth, near Keller. NWS Fort Worth tweeted Wednesday evening: "One of the larger hailstone reports we received this evening in Tarrant County!"

@FOX4 My neighbor’s car...still w paper tags! #keller #tarrantcounty #hail pic.twitter.com/qWZ6qOfHeC

— Scott Vickers (@scottvickers01) April 29, 2021

Around 34,000 power outages were reported across south and central Texas, including nearly 14,000 in Bexar County (the county seat of which is San Antonio), according to the PowerOutage.US website, at the time of publishing on Thursday.

At 12:13 a.m. local time Thursday, NWS Fort Worth said "no warnings are in effect at this time" across north and central Texas, while a Tornado Watch was in place until 2 a.m. CDT Thursday.

Tornado storm shattered my window!!! IM FUCKING PISSED pic.twitter.com/GcCo3axzwm

— Long Gone (@squirtyyy) April 29, 2021

A Tornado Watch indicates "tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area," the NWS explains.

A Flash Flood Watch is in place through Thursday morning across portions of north and central Texas, the weather service added.

These photos were sent to me from Fort Worth!😳⛈#TXwx #Hail #DFW #DFWwx pic.twitter.com/7xglVV2khC

— Christopher Nunley, Ph.D. (@chrisnunley) April 29, 2021

A Tornado Watch is in effect in parts of south central Texas until 5 a.m. CDT Thursday, the NWS said. They include the following 28 counties:

  • Atascosa
  • Bandera
  • Bastrop
  • Bexar
  • Blanco
  • Burnet
  • Caldwell
  • Comal
  • Dewitt
  • Dimmit
  • Fayette
  • Frio
  • Gillespie
  • Gonzales
  • Guadalupe
  • Hays
  • Karnes
  • Kendall
  • Kerr
  • Lavaca
  • Lee
  • Llano
  • Medina
  • Travis
  • Uvalde
  • Williamson
  • Wilson
  • Zavala

The Tornado Watch is in effect until 5 a.m. CDT Thursday in the following south central Texas cities:

  • Austin
  • Bandera
  • Bastrop
  • Blanco
  • Boerne
  • Burnet
  • Carrizo
  • Springs
  • Crystal City
  • Cuero
  • Floresville
  • Fredericksburg
  • Georgetown
  • Giddings
  • Gonzales
  • Hallettsville
  • Hondo
  • Karnes City
  • Kerrville
  • La Grange
  • Llano
  • Lockhart
  • New Braunfels
  • Pearsall
  • Pleasanton
  • San Antonio
  • San Marcos
  • Seguin
  • Uvalde
A car damaged by a tornado 2019
A vehicle damaged by a tornado in October 2019 in Dallas, Texas, seen in the Preston Royal shopping area. The windows of a car in Tarrant County, Texas, where a Tornado Warning was issued Wednesday in some parts, were shattered by hail following severe thunderstorms. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images