Some of the damage still was being assessed this morning after a severe storm brought quarter- to golf ball-sized hail to the area Sunday afternoon.
Troup County was under a severe thunderstorm warning from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the hail began hitting around 3 p.m. Heaviest reports were on the west side of town and in the Hogansville Road area and winds of up to 40 mph also were reported.
Hail covered the ground in many areas.
There could be a silver lining for anyone looking to buy a car in the near future, however. Curt Snider, marketing director for Kia of LaGrange, said his dealership will be having a “hail sale,” likely by the end of the day.
“There is damage on every car,” he said. “No car escaped the storm if it was outside.”
“We’re still trying to see,” damage to vehicles, said Cripper Silcox, a sales manager with All-Pro Auto Group. “It looks like the Hyundai lot was hit pretty hard.”
The All Pro Hyundai dealership is on Lafayette Parkway, along with a number of other car dealerships, including Kia and Mike Patton Auto.
“I was actually out in the storm at the time and I had to pull over or it was going to crack my windshield,” Silcox said.
Paul Buch, owner of LaGrange Nissan on Commerce Avenue, said his employees still were waiting to see the amount of damage to their vehicles this morning. “There’s still a lot of rain on the cars and it’s hard to tell until you get them dry.”
An employee of LaGrange Farmer’s Market said the storm “messed up a lot of plants” but coincidentally, the owner and his son were in Florida today, getting more inventory.
LaGrange police said they responded to numerous alarm calls that were tripped off by the storm, which also brought plenty of thunder and lightning. Officers also responded to damage to vehicle reports from hail, mainly on the west side of town.
Hail up to baseball size about a mile southwest of LaGrange was reported to the National Weather Service, doing damage to cars and roofs.
West Point Lake this morning was reported to be near flood stage. It was at 635.41 feet above mean sea level. Flood stage is 641 feet.