Madison County family gets creative after hail storm damages car

One family is finding a quick fix for damaged cars in Orange Beach

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) -Several families from North Alabama travel to Orange Beach for spring break, but many are still there because they can’t leave.

A hailstorm injured several people and wrecking their cars. A relaxing vacation became a nightmare situation, for hundreds.

Tammy and Scott Cantrell woke up around 3 a.m. on Saturday to the sound of hailstones coming down on their bed and breakfast. What they found afterward, were car windows smashed in and severe roof damage.

The Cantrell’s tell me everyone was looking for a rental car or having to extend their stay because there was no way to get home. No one was able to find a rental car within an 80 to 100-mile radius.

So they had to get creative. They will be headed home in a 20 foot U-Haul.

Their insurance company couldn’t even find an adjuster to assess the damage in their personal vehicle, so their insurance company has ordered a tow truck to bring it home.

That historic hail storm left hundreds in a tough situation.

“At 3 a.m. we were all awake so at 8 that morning everyone started calling or getting online,” says Tammy Cantrell.

“You would think there would be a ton of rental cars out there but there are really not. Several of the care dealerships only had three or four rental cars each.”

The Cantrell’s say they are very thankful not to be injured, because many were outside at the time of the storm, and everyone involved has been so accommodating.

But, a lot of repairs and clean up to be done in Orange Beach.

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