Hail Hits Mexico's Guadalajara In Freak Summer Storm

Freak hailstorm hits Mexican city of Guadalajara

Freak hailstorm covers Mexico's Guadalajara in thick layer of ice

The Mexican city woke up Sunday morning to more than 3 feet of ice in some areas after a heavy hailstorm swept through the region.

Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro said on Twitter that he's never seen anything like it.

Picture: Getty Vehicles buried in hail are seen in the streets of Guadalajara.

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Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City and with a population of about 5 million, has been experiencing summer temperature of about 31 degrees in recent days.

Residents in the mountainous area, which sits about 350 miles west of Mexico City, reported damage to almost 200 homes and businesses, according to AFP, and some 50 vehicles were swept away by the heavy ice and rain. Alfaro, however, said he had never witnessed such intense hail in the city.

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A woman and a child walk on ice in the eastern area of Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, on June 30.

The freak storm covered parts of the city in up to a meter of ice, as Sky News reports, with pictures and videos posted across social media. The accumulation of hail in the streets buried vehicles and damaged homes.

He said there was no recorded injury or death related to the hailstorm.

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Nobody is reported to have been hurt in the hailstorm, but two people showed "early signs of hypothermia", according to the state Civil Protection office.

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