Freak hail storm hits Guadalajara, Mexico

Freak hail storm hits Guadalajara, Mexico

Freak hail storm hits Guadalajara, Mexico

Residents in Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities, were gobsmacked when they awoke to find two meters of hailstones piled up in the streets overnight.

Locals were shocked and vehicles were trapped as the ice descended on the city.

The hailstorm in Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City, came after several days during which temperatures approached 90 degrees.

Residents play on top of ice after a heavy storm of rain and hail that affected some areas of Guadalajara, Mexico, on June 30. Nearly 200 homes reported damage and 50 vehicles were swept away by ice. Photos showed vehicles partially engulfed by the hail.

"I went there to evaluate the situation and I witnessed scenes which I had never seen before: hail accumulation more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists", Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez said.

A fuel tank truck had to clear through 2 metres of hail from a freak storm to uncover vehicles in Mexico. As of Sunday afternoon, no injuries had been reported, he said, adding that authorities were working to help citizens whose homes were damaged.

Guadalajara is sometimes hit by severe weather because it is 5,100 feet above sea level, according to Sky News.

"These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons".

"As the frozen droplet begins to fall.carried by cold downdrafts.it may thaw as it moves into warmer air toward the bottom of the thunderstorm", the NWS states.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast in the evening.

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