Posted on June 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Updated today at 2:31 AM
Thunderstorms that rumbled across North Texas on Wednesday evening produced some of the largest hail we’ve seen in years. Hundreds of vehicles and homes suffered broken glass and damaged roofs. The icy precipitation damaged the landmark marquee at the Lakewood Theater and shattered skylights at NorthPark Center. No injuries were reported, but the total loss is likely to be considerable.
10:17p Remarkably, there was only minor damage to the delicate glass sculptures in the Dale Chihuly installation at the Dallas Arboretum. Only a couple of pieces in the Persian Pond exhibit were broken, and workers were already busy making repairs as soon as the storm passed. The Dallas Arboretum said they contacted Dale Chihuly representatives in Seattle and they said this was not the first time for the exhibit to have been damaged. It had reportedly been through a hail storm and a tornado in other gardens. – Teresa Woodard reporting in Dallas
10:15p Perhaps the unluckiest motorist in Dallas County Wednesday night was Laura McKinney. Her 2010 Lexus sedan was parked outside at Abrams Road and Gaston Avenue in Dallas when the hail storm hit, and it was left undrivable, with broken glass all around and deep dents in the metal. It’s been just two weeks since McKinney got her car out of the body shop for $12,000 in damage it suffered in a hail storm two months ago in Coppell. “It was crazy,” she said. “It went on for ever, it seemed like. I’m sure it was probably five to 10 minutes, but it just seemed like forever.” – Teresa Woodard reporting in Dallas