Hail as big as quarters fell on areas of southern Maine on Tuesday. Credit: Photo courtesy of WGME

Hundreds of cars at a Sanford dealership were damaged by a big hailstorm that pelted southern Maine as a heavy thunderstorm rolled slowly north on Tuesday.

Some say the hail got as large as golf balls and according to several pictures and videos on Twitter, enough hail fell in places including Arundel and Sanford to leave the landscape resembling a winter slush storm or a tornado zone. The worst hit was likely Marc Motors of Sanford, where hundreds of the lot’s 940 vehicles took a hit, forcing the dealership to sell the damaged cars at a discount, WGME reported.

“So it’s substantial,” Marc Greenberg told WGME. “It’s the hoods, the roofs, the trunks. Some just have a few dings and dents on them, some have more.”


The National Weather Service in Grey posted a severe thunderstorm warning for Portland, South Portland and Westbrook until 10:45 a.m. That warning predicted hail as big as quarters. WGME tweeted video at Marc Motors in Sanford that sounded like a storm of rocks ― and hit almost as hard.

According to tweets from WGME, the most calamitous storm damage includes a small building thrown about 300 feet, 14 trees falling on or near residential homes in Sanford and a destroyed blueberry crop. The storm will diminish after sunset and Wednesday and Thursday will be cooler, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70s.