Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Guadalajara, Mexico Covered in Ice After Freak Hailstorm

Guadalajara, Mexico Covered in Ice After Freak Hailstorm

While seasonal hail storms do occur, there is no record of anything so heavy.

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

Residents in Guadalajara woke to a good chunk of their town covered in more than three feet of ice after a freak hailstorm blanketed the city.

Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, which Guadalajara is the capital of, said he'd never witnessed scenes like those he saw Sunday morning. "These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons", he said.

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

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Almost 200 homes and businesses reported hail damage, and at least 50 vehicles were swept away by the deluge of ice in hilly areas. The Telegraph reported no casualties during the storm. Several people had to be rescued from the roofs of their vehicles as streets were turned into rivers of moving hail accumulation.

In the Rancho Blanco area of the city, which was particularly hard-hit, some 30 vehicles and 60 homes were damaged, Jalisco Civil Protection officials said on Facebook. Picture: Getty Vehicles buried in hail are seen in the streets of Guadalajara.

The incredible photographs show people climbing over the top of the metre-thick ice, submerging cars up to their windscreen.

Trucks are buried in ice.

As crews work to clear away the ice, they may get a hand from the weather.

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