Hundreds of cars piled up on a major Italian highway on Monday after being damaged by a massive hailstorm which left several people injured, brought down trees, and caused damage in several regions.
Videos online show hail, which reached the size of a tennis ball, bombarding the ground amid strong winds and rain in a truly frightening sight.
Benvenuti nell’era delle guerre climatiche. Un bombardamento senza colpevoli additabili. Geniale.— Daniele (@Dubito_ErgoSum) July 26, 2021
Girato a #formigine.#grandinata #grandine #clima #meteo #weatherwar #weatherweapons #Weather pic.twitter.com/6ZgkHB9kYi
Hundreds of cars were stuck in a traffic jam on the A1 highway not far from the city of Parma in northern Italy. Numerous windshields were smashed by the hail, forcing drivers to stop as they couldn’t see the road.
Several collisions were reported, while some people were lightly injured by broken glass. Traffic on the highway was halted for several hours due to the weather.
A 78-year-old store owner was wounded in Reggio Emilia’s commune of Luzzara after the freak weather caused the window of his shop to fall on him. The man was hospitalized with a fracture.