Freak summer hailstorm buries Mexican city under five feet of ice

Author
Katie Mettler, The Washington Post,
Section
World,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 4:45PM
Cars and vehicles were buried beneath the sudden hail. (AFP via CNN)
Cars and vehicles were buried beneath the sudden hail. (AFP via CNN)

It's summer in Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous towns, which made what happened there over the weekend all the more surprising.

Sunday morning, residents woke to their roads, yards and even cars buried under more than three feet of icy slush from a freak hailstorm that had blanketed the city.

On Twitter, Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro said Civil Protection personnel quickly began cleanup, digging vehicles out from beneath the sea of hail and pumping out floodwaters once it had started to melt.

"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara," Alfaro told AFP.

"Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons," he said. "It's incredible."

In some places, the hail was up to five feet deep, AFP reported.

Residents in the mountainous area, which sits about 350 miles west of Mexico City, reported damage to nearly 200 homes and businesses, according to AFP, and some 50 vehicles were swept away by the heavy ice and rain. No injuries or casualties were reported, Alfaro said.

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