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Galveston county residents pick up pieces after Tuesday night hailstorm

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Golf ball, baseball, even grapefruit sized hail! That's how Hitchcock residents described what ruined and shattered most of their belongings and vehicles.

By the early morning hours many residents were already up and assessing thousands of dollars worth in damage.

"It's been swamped, customers, stories, crazy ... everybody lost their cars," said Diane Gonzales owner of El Sombrero Cafe.

She explains how the hail storm that blew through last night has been the talk of the town and with no time or electricity to cook, everyone's been hitting up her place.

"If you go to the back the patio, all of it...just torn to pieces everything.," said Gonzales.

Gonzales tells us the rains led to flooding.

"Well, in the corners and the walls, water was just everywhere" said Gonzales.

Meanwhile, around the corner, David Morales and his family were trying to dry out.

"Very exciting, put it that way," he said while pointing out a gaping hole in his son's bedroom.

The storm only lasted ten minutes but that was plenty of time to shatter windshields and beat the outside of Morales' home.

"It was daylight coming through this morning and all these windows, all these blinds were blown out. See where the hail was coming through," Morales said while walking us through his home.

That's not all, this storm packed a punch and it appears most vehicles took the brunt.

"Some of them are actually totaled, but I mean, you know customers are coming down here...they're just looking at them and really can't believe it either," said Reginald Dwayne Johnson owner of an automotive shop.

Johnson says despite most residents feeling caught by surprise this close-knit community is now cleaning-up together with just one thing on their mind.

"I was just shocked, but on the other hand I thank God cause it could've been one of my guys out here," he said.

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