Toddler killed in freak hailstorm (VIDEOS) — Analysis

Spain’s hailstones of up to 10cm diameter left 50 injured.

Late Tuesday night, a hailstorm ravaged Catalonia in Spain. It injured dozens and killed a girl aged 20 months. According to Meteocat, this storm was the worst in more than two decades. 

Even though the storm was brief, it was intense. Some hailstones were quite large. A total of 50 victims sustained various injuries including bruises and fractures. 

Meteocat claimed that hailstorms were a “historic”This was the most severe natural disaster to hit the region in over 20 years. Agency published photographs of hailstones with some measuring around 10 cm diameter. 

One of the largest specimens was found in La Bisbal d’Emporda. This is where a little girl who had been hit by a hailstone on her head died from injuries.

“We’ve had the awful case of the little girl who was hit by a stone,” the town’s mayor, Carme Vall, told the broadcaster RTVE on Wednesday. “There wasn’t much that could be done for her and she died today. It was a terrible accident.”

Multiple stones broke through roofs and other buildings as the storm caused material damage. Catalonia’s regional firefighting service said it had received 39 calls from La Bisbal d’Emporda alone overnight, with two calls also coming from the nearby town of Forallac. Emergency services reported that power lines and roofs had been damaged in certain locations.

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