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Series of severe weather events, including hailstorms, heavy rains and snow hit southwest China

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A series of severe weather events, including hailstorms, heavy rains, and snow, has been battering parts of southwest China since March 22, 2020. The events caused widespread damage and disruption, particularly in the provinces of Hubei, Jiangxi, Sichuan, and Guizhou.

Large hailstones suddenly began pummeling many areas of southwest Guizhou, from the afternoon of March 22 into March 23, damaging homes, cars, and crops.

A local described the hail being as big as an egg, while some ice pellets were the same size as pebbles. Another villager said the storm lasted for about 40 minutes.

"The tiles on the roof of my house are all damaged. Some of them are flipped and blown away by the strong gale," the local said.

He added that he lost much of his crops, saying, "Look at the crops, it's such a mess."

"I can't look at them, it's all damaged after the storm. The biggest I found is about the size of my thumb."

Residents in the southwestern region said that aside from hailstorms, gale-force winds and continuous downpours also pounded the city in the past few days. Authorities advised citizens to stay at home.

"I have never seen hailstorms in spring," said one resident.

A severe storm accompanied by hail lashed the province of Jiangxi on March 23, uprooting trees and knocking down utility poles. In a video posted by People's Daily, trees were captured being blown away by powerful winds, while hailstones were scattered on the ground.

On March 25, an intense hailstorm hit parts of the province of Sichuan, particularly the municipality of Chongqing. Major flash flooding was reported as well as major damage to crops.

The following day, March 26, inundations hit the city of Anlu in the Hubei province, submerging fields in the southeast and northwest portions.

Heavy spring snow then fell in the Enshi city, also in the province of Hubei, on March 27.

Featured image credit: Geoffrey Maillard/Flickr

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