Arlington residents search for personal belongings after a tornado destroyed homes in the area on April 3, 2012. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

LANCASTER (CBSDFW.COM) – Insurance claims from the tornadoes and hail that hit one month ago will exceed initial estimates.

The Southwestern Insurance Information Service is now saying that the April 3 storm will cost in excess of $500 million. That puts it on par with the downtown Fort Worth tornado 12 years ago. Spokeswoman Sandra Helin says this storm cost so much because there was widespread tornado and hail damage.

“The hail was so large that it did total a lot of vehicles. When the hail is that large, you can’t use the simple methods of possibly bringing out the hail with a heat device,” Helin said.

The insurance group is urging those who haven’t made claims yet to get it done. Cities have been helping impacted home and business owners.

There’s a Disaster Relief Town Hall meeting at the Lancaster Senior Life Center Thursday at 6:30 p.m. located at 240 Veterans Memorial Parkway. You can also get more information by calling 972-218-1300.