Unusually intense hailstorm hits Zacatecas, Mexico

Unusually intense hailstorm hits Zacatecas, Mexico

A highly unusual hailstorm hit the Zacatecas city in Central Mexico on the night of October 23, 2016 (local time). Local authorities reported nearly 50 cm (19.7 inches) of ice in some places.

Several incidents and four injured people were reported.

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Video credit: Manuel de la Vega Fernandez

Rain and hail began to fall after 18:00 (local time) in the municipalities of Zacatecas and Guadalupe. According to Catarino Martines, the mayor of Zacatecas, 15 establishments were damaged due to flooding, ten vehicles were stranded because of the ice accumulation, and a boy was rescued from the ice by the local services.

23 mm (0.9 inches) of water fell in only 15 minutes, according to the National Water Commission, the amount which equals 90% of the total usual October rainfall.

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