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4,300 vehicles damaged after hail pummels a car dealership in Blair, NE


BLAIR, Neb. (CNN) - But the hail was what got everybody's attention in Nebraska, pummeling 4,300 vehicles at Woodhouse Auto Family in Blair, about 30 miles from Omaha.

Hoods were dented and windshields were shattered.

Company officials Wednesday estimated damages at $162 million.

"The damage is substantial," Woodhouse Chief Financial Officer Paul Cech said. "We'll get people all over the country calling us trying to get discount prices."

That's exactly what happened the last time the Omaha company's cars got battered in a storm.

As soon as the hail subsides, a flood of callers try to get their hands on banged-up vehicles.

Some of the hail was baseball-size and smashed windows and damaged siding on houses.

Police in Blair said 20 people were taken to the hospital with injuries, CNN affiliate KETV reported.

In several other cities, streets flooded and trees were knocked down.

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