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Flash hailstorm hits Thanh Hoa Province

Update: February, 25/2015 - 07:00

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.

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.

Over the past two days, whirlwinds blew away the roofs of nearly 60 houses of residents in the central province of Nghe An, and caused a partial blackout. A 15-minute long whirlwind hit Nghia Dan District on Monday, disrupting the power supply and pulling down several trees. — VNS

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