Icy battering shocks Mexicans

World | 2 Jul 2019

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

"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara," said state governor Enrique Alfaro. "Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen phen omenons."

Guadalajara, north of Mexico City, had recorded temperatures of around 31 degrees `Celsius in recent days.

At least six areas on the city outskirts woke to ice pellets up to two meters deep. About 200 homes and businesses reported damage, and at least 50 vehicles were swept away by an icy deluge in hilly areas.

There were no casualties, but some people suffered hypothermia.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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