Guadalajara, Mexico struck by rare massive hail storm

Thursday, 04 Jul, 2019

As a lot as five feet of hail fell from the storm early Sunday, swamping streets all the blueprint in which through Guadalajara, Mexico.

Residents of Mexico's second-largest city woke up in shock Sunday to find that almost five feet of hail had accumulated in some areas, trapping cars and damaging hundreds of homes.

The Jalisco state government brought in heavy machinery to clear streets and dig out businesses in the country's second largest city.

"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara", said Jalisco State Governor Enrique Alfaro, via Agence France Presse (AFP).

According to local newspaper El Informador, 450 homes were impacted by the weather, with some saying the ice had pushed through their doors and windows, reported NPR.

The ice was so deep, it even buried cars in some places. "These are never-before-seen natural phenomena", he said.

A deluge of hail engulfed the outskirts the city of Guadalajara, in western Mexico, on Sunday, half-burying vehicles in ice and damaging almost 200 homes. It also blocked sewers and drainage systems, leading to flooding in parts of the city.

Over 5 million people live in the greater Guadalajara area, which is located in the state of Jalisco in central Mexico.

Aerial view of vehicles buried in hail in the streets in the eastern area of Guadalajara on June 30, 2019. We must ask ourselves whether climate change is real.

Hail forms when "thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to carry water droplets well above the freezing level", according to NASA.

A girl and a baby stroll on hail in the jap role of Guadalajara on Sunday.