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Violent hailstorm hits Guiyang, southwest China

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Heavy rain accompanied with violent hailstorm hit the city of Guiyang in southwest China's Guizhou Province, flooding the town and bringing traffic to a standstill on Wednesday night, April 5, 2017.

According to CCTV, the downtown was seriously flooded after 23 mm (0.9 inches) of rain per hour hit the city. Hailstones pelted the city for about three hours, shattering windows, crashing cars, damaging roofs of houses and forming piles of ice.

The largest hailstones had a diameter of 15 mm (0.6 inches), CCTV said while People's Daily mentions hailstones as huge as an egg.

Two residents were trapped after hailstones accumulated up to their waists in the basement of a building and had to be rescued.

According to firefighting authorities, a total of 71 people were rescued overnight.

Featured image: Two residents trapped in Guiyang after hailstones accumulated up to their waists in the basement of a building. Credit: CCTV

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