Apocalyptical hailstorm hits China’s Guizhou (video and pictures)

A ferocious hailstorm and heavy rain battered the city of Guiyang, causing scenes of chaos across the city on Wednesday night.

The dramatic hailstorm brought traffic to a standstill as huge hailstones pelted the city, with the largest having a diameter of 15 millimeters.

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

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The downtown was seriously flooded by the deluge, with the precipitation level rising to 23 millimeters in an hour.

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It was reported that two residents were trapped after hailstones accumulated up to their waists in the basement of a building.

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A firefighter jumped into the marble-sized hails and waded towards the trapped people, eventually helping them to safety.

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Police officers were mobilized to important intersections to direct the traffic amid the challenging weather conditions.

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The sub-office has been working on the second-tier contingency plan. All police officers, no matter if off-duty or on-call, were ordered to get to work and control the traffic in this district.

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As well as police, firefighters, city management officers, and municipality administration workers were deployed to places where they were most needed to help drain water and ensure people’s safety.

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The apocalyptical hailstorm lasted 15 minutes. Traffic returned to normal after the water drained away at around 01:00 in the morning.

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