Freak Beijing Storm Turns Day Into Night

June 16th, 2009

Via: ABC:

China correspondent Stephen McDonell and ABC cameraman Rob Hill saw day turn into night as a freak storm swept across the capital Beijing today.

“It was pitch black outside and you could see people looking out from the office towers across the road from us,” McDonell said.

“In a couple of the photos you can see a clock in the distance showing it was around 11:30 am local time.”

The storms were expected to affect western and northern Xinjiang, most part of Inner Mongolia, north-east China and north China.

Today’s extreme weather follows yesterday’s hail storms across eastern China’s Anhui province, which killed 14 people and injured more than 180, AFP reports.

Anhui’s Civil Affairs Bureau said that more than 10,000 people were evacuated and nearly 9,700 houses collapsed in yesterday’s severe storm.

Anhui was struck by hail and winds of up to 104 kilometres per hour, causing $82 million worth of damage.

A similar hail storm struck the region in the first week of June, killing 23 people and injuring more than 200.

Officials have warned residents that more dangerous weather could follow.

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3 Responses to “Freak Beijing Storm Turns Day Into Night”

  1. Eileen Says:

    I have to admit, I’m a fan of all movies that have to do with weird weather wreaking havoc on the world and its inhabitants. Day After Tomorrow, The Core, etc.
    Makes me wonder though. Is this “weird weather” part of “Weather Wars?” A warning sign to China, you dump our dollar and we will crush you with fear?
    The weather phenomenom is weird in and of itself. But, hmm, why China?
    Just thinking its awfully strange coinkydink.

  2. AHuxley Says:

    As an atheist all I can do is quote Kent Brockman in the Simpsons (1F03 Marge on the Lam): “It’s in “Revelations”, people!”

  3. lagavulin Says:

    Fun summary of the event in The Guardian (

    “Speculation inevitably centered on the government’s weather modification programme, which has been ramped up in recent years to offset droughts by seeding clouds. But Guardian efforts to contact the meteorological bureau have as yet been unanswered.”

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