A heavy hailstorm struck Changzhi in northwest China’s Shanxi Province on Monday.
The storm lasted for over half an hour and the largest hailstones are more than 45mm in diameter, which caused huge damages to cars that parked outdoors.
On Sunday, June 12, a heavy rainstorm accompanied with small hail, 5 to 6 mm (0.19 to 0.23 in) in diameter, hit Shanxi’s Jianhua Township in Ansai County, causing great economic loss to local agriculture. The hailstones also hit other counties such as Zichang, Yanchang, and Baota, CCTV reported. “You couldn’t tell at the time what was sky and what was land. Everything was white. There were no vehicles on the road and leaves were battered to the ground. Water was everywhere. It lasted for more than 40 minutes,” said a farmer. “The crops that I have cultivated for a year were totally destroyed. There will be no harvest,” another farmer said.