CALGARY - The insurance industry in Alberta knows no fury like a severe hail storm.


Insurance Bureau of Canada says insured damage from a storm that
pummelled southern Alberta last month with golf ball-sized hail could
top $400 million.


The bureau says the sudden downpour and fierce
hail on July 12 dented cars and damaged buildings in Calgary and
throughout the region.


Doug Noble, vice-president of the bureau, said the storm has generated tens of thousands of insurance claims.


Noble said the damage estimate tops that of damaging hail storms that roared through the area last year and in 1991.

The estimate from the hail storm last month does not include damage to agricultural crops.