Despite the unusual nature of these storms, there were no critical injuries or fatalities from either event. An e-mail message alerted emergency management and media partners to the potential for damaging hail and destructive winds more than four hours prior to the event, and severe weather warnings were issued with more than 20 minutes of lead time.
Impacts from the spring hailstorms extended beyond physical damage. Interviews with residents affected by the core of the 29 March event indicated a fear of the unknown, as the event continued beyond the typical time frame expected with severe thunderstorms. As windows shattered, roofs leaked, and wind battered homes, fear turned to concern for personal and family members' lives. For the remainder of spring, the mere threat of hail was met with trepidation by residents shocked by the events of 29 March. The 20 April event only added to these concerns. Because of the rarity of events such as these across the region, the National Weather Service in Brownsville will continue working with our partners across the Rio Grande Valley to provide additional education on societal impacts.