Mexican City Covered In 3-Feet Of Hail After Freak Summer Storm

Saul Bowman
July 2, 2019

Officials in Mexico's second-largest city say a freak storm that dumped more than a metre of hail on parts of the Guadalajara area damaged hundreds of homes.

Governor Enrique Alfaro tweeted that he had "never seen" weather like it, remarking "and then we wonder if climate change exists".

Aerial view of vehicles buried in hail in the streets in the eastern area of Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 30, 2019.

Guadalajara, in western Mexico, usually sees average temperatures in June of around 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit). "These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons", he said.

Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco with a population of nearly a million and a half people, saw at least six of its neighborhoods on the outskirts blanketed in the massive hail accumulation Sunday, AFP reported.


Heavy machinery was being used to clear the roads, as almost 200 houses and businesses were reportedly damaged and at least 50 vehicles were swept away.

While children scampered around and hurled ice balls at each other, civil protection personnel and soldiers brought out heavy machinery to clear the roads. The accumulation of hail in the streets buried vehicles and damaged homes.

Two people reportedly showed preliminary signs of hypothermia, however.

People walk along Guadalajara's ice-covered streets.

A CNN meteorologist said a low pressure zone around the U.S. -Mexico border contributed to storm strengthening in the area.

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