CALGARY — Homes were damaged, cars were dented and people ran for cover when a short but intense storm packing golf ball-size hail slammed into Calgary.
Environment Canada says Monday’s storm moved so quickly that there was not enough time to issue a warning before it struck the city from the west.
The hail smashed glass panes on rooftop greenhouses at the University of Calgary, causing about $100,000 damage.
Vehicles in many areas were pummelled by the big icy stones, leaving insurance agents scrambling to answer inquiries about damage claims.
The severe weather also forced Calgary Stampede officials to halt midway rides and pull rodeo animals under cover, while visitors scrambled to find any shelter they could find.
Tornado warnings were issued for an area east of Calgary but there were no reports of any twisters.