Hail stones damaged dozens of skylights at NorthPark Center tonight, showering glass and water into the mall and sending maintenance crews into a flurry of activity.
At roughly 6:20 p.m., hail started slowly hitting the rooftop of the mall. Within minutes the noise of the stones cannoned off the walls, as visitors began taking pictures of the golf ball-sized ice chunks. Maintenance crews rushed from their usual posts to the lower level, where the stones penetrated the older skylights. By 6:45 p.m., nearly the entire original section of the mall was covered in a mixture of rain, melting hail, and broken glass.
Twenty minutes later, crews continued to clean — sporadically at best — the remainder of the mess, as mall-goers checked their vehicles outside for damage. One Park Cities People reporter got a few welts on his trunk and roof. Humph.