Hail hammers Calgary leaving cars damaged

Mel Zunti is helped by Costco employee Billy Chan to tape plastic over the smashed rear window of...

Mel Zunti is helped by Costco employee Billy Chan to tape plastic over the smashed rear window of her sister's car at the Costco near Crossiron Mills north of Calgary, Alta., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. A massive hail storm dumped ice the size of tennis balls on the area. Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Katie Schneider, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

CALGARY - Thursday’s hail storm packed a big punch in the Airdrie area, leaving cards dented and windows smashed at CrossIron Mills.

For Melanie Zunti, it was deja vu all over again.

Her car as well as her sister’s vehicle were both written off in the 2010 hail storm that hammered Calgary, then dubbed Canada’s most expensive hailstorm.

“I grew a hatred for hail after the last storm,” she said, adding whenever a storm hits, she always hopes it comes without the damaging precipitation.

On Thursday, she fell victim to Mother Nature again while at work in the pharmacy of Costco at CrossIron Mills, near Balzac.

“Everyone looked up — you couldn’t even hear each other talking because of the hail coming down,” she said.

When it was over, and she and others went outside to check out the damage, she found her sister’s car she has been driving the last week or so sustained a smashed rear window and dents on the hood, roof, and trunk.

“It looks like a baseball hi


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