One storm sprang up about 5 p.m. near The Colony and carved its way southeast through Addison and Richardson, then into the eastern parts of Dallas.
No injuries were reported in the Dallas area. But in Randolph, 60 miles northeast of Dallas, a storm toppled three mobile homes, injuring three people. They were in stable condition at Red River Regional Hospital in nearby Bonham late Wednesday, said Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator Darrell Brewer.
Hail of various reported ball sizes — ping pong, golf, tennis, even baseball — pelted the region. Dallas police reported widespread property damage, wires down, traffic accidents, and water pouring into homes through smashed roofs and windows.
The Lakewood area northeast of downtown was especially hard hit. Hail shattered the windows of vehicles and homes and left streets and yards blanketed with broken tree limbs and ice. Fallen leaves were reported ankle-deep in spots.
The storm didn’t appear to be threatening at first, but minutes later it turned dangerous, Lakewood residents said. Motorists ran for cover in homes and businesses. For nearly 30 minutes, neighbors looked on helplessly as the storm pelted everything in sight.
By mid-evening, tow trucks had arrived in the neighborhood to begin hauling away hundreds of damaged vehicles. Police were on the scene, and Dallas Fire-Rescue was blocking off some area streets.
Evelyn Grubbs lost four windshields among her family’s four cars.
“We stood and watched the back of [one car] go,” she said. “I mean, what can you do?”
The storm also leveled her vegetable garden and destroyed her neighbor’s skylights.
“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve never seen hail like that,” Grubbs said
“It looked like someone was hitting golf balls into the green,” he said.
Shirley sought shelter under a tree until a car picked him up and helped him get back to his car.
After the storm passed, the club’s golf course was an eerie scene, with mist and fog setting in and the grounds covered in a blanket of hail, leaves and branches. As the hail melted, damage in the form of thousands of divots was revealed across the course.
Elsewhere, egg-size hail smashed the skylights at NorthPark Center near the Park Cities, according to the National Weather Service.
The hail posed a terrifying hazard for motorists, including on Interstate 30, where some drivers tried to take shelter under overpasses.
Severe weather was reported in areas far from Dallas’ east side, as well, with ice the size of tennis balls falling in Grand Prairie.
Sirens sounded in many parts of the region. There was an unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud near Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, although no tornado warnings were issued.
The forecast calls for a return to mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 90s Thursday, and no rain for the next several days.
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