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Deluge of ice pellets up to two meters deep from a hail storm covers Mexican city

Tuesday, July 2nd 2019 - 09:03 UTC
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While children scampered around and hurled ice-balls at each other, Civil Protection personnel and soldiers brought out heavy machinery to clear the roads. While children scampered around and hurled ice-balls at each other, Civil Protection personnel and soldiers brought out heavy machinery to clear the roads.

A freak hailstorm struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities, shocking residents and trapping vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to 2 meters deep.

“I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,” said the state governor Enrique Alfaro. “Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomenon,” he said. “It's incredible.”

Guadalajara, located north of the capital Mexico City and with a population of around five million, has been experiencing summer temperatures of around 31 deg C in recent days. While seasonal hailstorms do occur, there is no record of anything so heavy.

At least six neighborhoods in the city outskirts woke up to ice pellets up to 2m deep on Sunday.

While children scampered around and hurled ice-balls at each other, Civil Protection personnel and soldiers brought out heavy machinery to clear the roads.

Owners of nearly 200 homes and businesses reported hail damage, and at least 50 vehicles were swept away by the deluge of ice in hilly areas, some buried under piles of pellets.

While no casualties were reported, two people showed “early signs of hypothermia”, said the state Civil Protection office.

Categories: Environment, Latin America.

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