Insurance industry in Alberta knows no fury like severe hail storms

The insurance industry in Alberta knows no fury like a severe hail storm.

CALGARY — The insurance industry in Alberta knows no fury like a severe hail storm.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says insured damage from a storm that pummelled southern Alberta last month with golf ball-sized hail could top $400 million.

The bureau says the sudden downpour and fierce hail on July 12 dented cars and damaged buildings in Calgary and throughout the region.

Doug Noble, vice-president of the bureau, said the storm has generated tens of thousands of insurance claims.

Noble said the damage estimate tops that of damaging hail storms that roared through the area last year and in 1991.

The estimate from the hail storm last month does not include damage to agricultural crops.