THANH HOA (VNS) — A thunderstorm followed by a hailstorm hit the mountainous Tinh Gia District in Thanh Hoa Province late on Monday, the local weather authority said.
|A local resident in Thanh Hoa Province's Tinh Gia District shows hail stones, measuring several centimetres in diameter, fell down as a result of the hailstorm which hit the region in decades. — Photo tienphong.vn
The hail fell for less than 10 minutes, but the event was reported by the local weather authority and the people as it was the first hailstorm in decades, a warning of the complicated climate changes taking place in the region.
Large hail stones, measuring several centimetres in diameter, fell down and then broke into pieces on the ground.
There was no confirmation about the casualties and damage caused by the hailstorm, but the local authority hoped that the situation was not serious.
Earlier this month, a hailstorm hit the famous Sapa tourism spot in the mountainous northern Lao Cai Province, after several hours of cold and thunder, but didn't cause any heavy damage.
It was reportedly the first hailstorm of the year. Last year, the province's two districts of Muong Khuong and Bao Yen suffered serious losses due to a hailstorm, in which the roofs of thousands of houses were damaged.
In May, a whirlwind followed by a heavy hailstorm brought havoc to the central Quang Tri Province's Huong Hoa District. The roofs of thousands of houses were blown off. —VNS