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Nearly 80 vehicles damaged by hail at UW-River Falls

A spokesperson for UW-River Falls emergency management said there’s an estimated $100,000 in damage on the property.

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — A popup thunderstorm rolled through River Falls Tuesday night, and it brought golf ball-sized hail with it.

Homes, buildings and cars all reported damage the following morning, including Kate Webster.

“There’s glass everywhere,” she said. “I just had to cover my windshield up the best I could.”

She parks her car on campus near her dorm building. It was one of the 79 cars that reported hail damage from the storm.

“Concern for some of the research material on whether temperature will affect or water,” said Dan Waletzko, who works for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the Horticulture Department. 

Waletzko says they have 50 to 60 holes in the greenhouse from the hail. There are around 1,000 different types of species housed in the greenhouse that are at risk once temperatures drop.

“It worries me,” Waletzko said.

A spokesperson for UW-River Falls Emergency Management said there’s an estimated $100,000 in damage on the property. A formal assessment is scheduled for Thursday.

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