It may seem a bit much to cover a car in blankets, air mattresses or pool noodles because of an incoming hail storm, but hail can do a serious amount of damage to a vehicle.
Objects the size of golf balls falling from the sky hit objects on the ground with a pretty significant amount of force.
Texans without access to a covered garage had to get extra creative ahead of a recent hail storm which was projected to drop golf-ball-sized hail on northern Texas.
Blankets, rugs, pool noodles, and even clothing were common impromptu cushions.
Took this from Reddit, and I'm totally going to do this. We get pretty bad hail in Texas so it's worth the effort t… https://t.co/9alAyqTWy6— The Bus (@The Bus)1555700021.0
Some went with cardboard boxes.
Air mattresses were also a common barrier.
We don't mess around w/ large hail in southern Texas. Exhibit A. #txwx https://t.co/3K9PoaRnbj— Chris Suchan (@Chris Suchan)1555552359.0
There was even a regular mattress or two!
Garden mulch also made a few appearances.
Some simply choose creative parking spots.
Only in Texas do you see cars parked at a bank drive-thru after hours. We aren’t out of the woods yet. Severe thun… https://t.co/98C5KVx2Fe— Lake Dallas Police (@Lake Dallas Police)1555559546.0
For anyone doubting the damage hail can do, here are some videos of Texas hail storms:
Hail can do a lot of damage.
Hopefully these extra creative protective measures were enough to protect Texans' vehicles from the ice balls falling out of the sky.