Freak hail shower in Mexico sees 1.5m of ice fall, burying cars and damaging houses
This is absolutely crazy...
The streets of sunny Mexico were transformed into a winter wonderland overnight after a freak hail storm swept across the city of Guadalajara.
The ice was up to 1.5m (5ft) thick in places, half-burying vehicles and causing chaos.
The city had been basking in temperatures of more than 30 degrees and while it has been hit by hail storms before, residents have never seen anything this heavy.
"I witnessed scenes I had never seen before: hail more than a metre in height," the regional governor in Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro, tweeted, saying that it made people ask themselves about climate change.
— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) June 30, 2019
Nearly 200 homes and businesses reported hail damage, and at least 50 vehicles were swept away by the deluge of ice in hilly areas.
But Alfaro said there was no recorded injury or death related to the hailstorm.
Muy temprano, antes de ir a la CDMX para el arranque de la Guardia Nacional, estuve en el lugar para evaluar la situación y fui testigo de escenas que nunca había visto: el granizo a más de un metro de altura, y luego nos preguntamos si el cambio climático existe. pic.twitter.com/cognB1JHg6
— Enrique Alfaro (@EnriqueAlfaroR) June 30, 2019
Main image via Enrique Alfaro