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Dallas Hail Storm 2012: Texas Battered By Thunderstorms

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By Marice Richter

DALLAS, June 14 (Reuters) - Several strong thunderstorms cut a swath through north Texas late Wednesday, with baseball-sized hail smashing everything from car windshields to the marquee of a landmark East Dallas movie theater.

A storm in Fannin County northeast of Dallas flipped over a mobile home, injuring three people, according to a National Weather Service report.

No serious injuries were reported but property damage was extensive.

Two intense storms that swept through the Dallas area in the late afternoon lasted more than three hours before tapering off, said Jason Dunn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"This was definitely a multimillion-dollar hail storm," said Dunn said. "A lot of car windshields were blown out and roofs damaged in Dallas."

Hail smashed the marquee of the landmark Lakewood Theatre in East Dallas. Several glass sculptures created by nationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly that are on display outdoors at the Dallas Arboretum suffered minor damage, WFAA-TV news reported.

The storms also shredded trees and blanketed streets with downed limbs and leaves. About 6,000 homes and businesses lost power during the storms, WFAA reported. (Editing By Tom Brown)

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