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17 killed, 118 injured in south China hailstorm

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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 09:22 PM

17 killed, 118 injured in south China hailstorm

Photo taken on April 17, 2011, shows a wire pole which fell down in a wind storm in an industrial zone in Foshan City of south China's Guangdong Province, April 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Chen Binghui)

GUANGZHOU, April 18 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people were killed and 118 injured in south China's Guangdong Province as of Monday after hailstones, cloudburst and strong wind ravaged the region, flood control authorities said.

Gales as strong as 45.5 meters per second, accompanied by hailstorm and lashing rain battered cities including Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Dongguan on Sunday, a spokesman with the province's flood control headquarters said.

The victims were mostly killed by walls and work sheds collapsed in strong wind, as well as objects that fell from buildings, he said.

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The weather as of late is getting quite extreme. Mid-west US weather and now this... interesting times indeed.
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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 09:37 PM
Crazy weather going on, that is for sure!

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 09:45 PM
Is this abnormal or rare weather for that region?

It's significant if so.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 09:52 PM
reply to post by kaffemoka

Well I found this article that may back up the recent oddities in China's weather anyway.

Extreme weather in China shows reality of climate change

The number of extreme weather events in China has been increasing since 2000. These include extremely high and low temperatures, rainstorms and typhoons, writes Xinhua.

The past 12 months saw the most instances of extreme weather in a decade, according to China's meteorological authority.

The country witnessed the most number of such events and suffered the most serious consequences in 2010, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said this week at a news conference.

This summer, the average highest temperature across China was the highest since 1961, with an average 9.7 days with the highest temperature at or above 35 degrees Celsius, 3.5 days more than in previous years.

Extreme rainstorms followed the hot weather. Ninety-seven weather stations around China reported record-breaking daily rainfall, and 133 stations broke their annual records. Only seven record-breaking daily rainfall figures were reported from 2000 to 2009.

Moreover, more than half of the tropical hurricanes formed typhoons and hit coastal regions in East and South China, marking the highest landfall ratio in history.

"In the past 12 months, we experienced extreme weather more often than in any other year in the past decade. And global warming was largely to blame," said Chen Zhenlin, director of the emergency response, disaster mitigation and public services department under the CMA.

"The common point of these extreme weather events was their close connection to rain, which results from climate change," Chen said.

This event would just be one more notch in that belt so to speak.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:47 PM
Found this article as well that was written in 07, seems to be a little more indepth as to the causes of China's extreme weather even if just a speculative approach.

The Pew Center is not a meteorological center and we are not able to offer a direct explanation of the development of individual weather events. However, what is happening in China seems to fit a larger pattern of frequent extreme weather events in other parts of the world

The "larger pattern" portion of this is what sticks out to me with the current weather patterns that are being experienced presently.

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