Blame Mother Nature - and margarine

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 04:58 PM.

I remember the old Chiffon Margarine commercials of the 1970s, the premise of which is that Mother Nature believes that she is eating real butter. When informed that she has instead eaten the equally as good Chiffon Margarine, Mother Nature summons lightning bolts with the phrase, “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

I’m not sure whether anyone recently fooled Mother Nature or not, but I believe someone may have angered her quite a bit.

I will admit to being somewhat of a weather geek. I’m not an alarmist about weather or even overly fearful of it. Instead, I’m more in awe of what weather can do.

That was exactly my reaction last week when I saw the damage hail stones did to Hills Mobile Home Village and Apartments on N.C. 101 in Havelock.

The hail — reportedly the size of golf balls and baseballs — broke out about 40 windows and dented more than a couple of dozen mobile homes in the complex. Some of the homes had potmarks from where the hail hit. In some cases, the hail punched holes right through the siding of the homes as if someone riddled them with a machine gun.

Beyond the damage to homes, the hail damaged many vehicles, denting roofs and hoods, and cracking windshields.

“It was a relentless pounding,” resident Stephanie Aleman told me as I interviewed her outside one of her broken windows.

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