Hailstorm hits Benguet village

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2018 02:38 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2018 05:01 PM

MANILA – Pellets of ice rained down on a village in Atok, Benguet on Saturday afternoon as the rest of the country roasted in summer heat. 

The hailstorm destroyed crops in some farms and left ice in some roads in Sitio Sayangan, Barangay Paoay, locals said. 

Courtesy of Edrose Mae Celo Quilop

Courtesy of Edrose Mae Celo Quilop

Courtesy of Edrose Mae Celo Quilop

Courtesy of Edrose Mae Celo Quilop

Courtesy of Edrose Mae Celo Quilop

Courtesy of Edrose Mae Celo Quilop

Courtesy of Edrose Mae Celo Quilop

There have been previous instances of hailstorms in Baguio and Metro Manila during the summer, said state weather bureau PAGASA. 

Summer's higher temperatures can cause faster evaporation of water in the atmosphere and the formation of thunderstorms. Pellets of frozen rain sometimes form inside thunderstorms and fall in showers, PAGASA meteorologist Arial Rojas told DZMM.

Saturday's hail storm lasted for almost an hour, said Edward Haights, a local tourism coordinator. -- Report from Micaella Ilao, ABS-CBN News