A “biblical” hailstorm has buried a major city in Mexico leaving dozens of drivers trapped and turning roads into rivers of ice.
The ‘unprecedented’ downpour bombarded Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state in the west of the country, on Sunday. Piles of hail reached as high as 1 .5 metres or 5ft in some places.
Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez said he had “never seen” such a heavy blitz in the area before. “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,” he said.
Some streets were transformed into rivers of dense moving hail and several people had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars. Numerous cars were damaged after being buried under the piles of hail. But officials said there were no reports of any injuries or deaths.
Army and emergency services personnel were drafted in to work throughout the night to clear the roads, according the Mexican media. Cars could be seen buried up to the windows in snow as desperate owners tried to dig out their vehicles. Meanwhile, California in the US experienced highs of 38C.
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