A FREAK hail storm that lasted only half an hour has killed five people, injured 66 others and damaged thousands of homes in central China. The storm, with wind gusts of over 100km/h hit Dangyang city, Hubei province, in the early hours of the morning and doused it with 6cm of rain. More than 4,600 homes collapsed, were flooded, or lost roofs under the onslaught. Thousands of trees and electricity poles were uprooted and crops destroyed. More rain was forecast in the area.
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