Mexico News Daily: A sudden spring hailstorm dumped tons of ice onto Mexico City on Saturday [March 22nd, 2020], causing significant damage at the city’s biggest market.
Accumulated hail caused the roofs to collapse on three sections of Mexico City’s Central de Abastos wholesale food market, which provides the capital with around 80% of its food.
The collapse occurred around 6:00 p.m. and was caught on video by a number of people who had been filming the sudden and intense hailstorm.
“Get out! Get out!” yells one man who caught the entire collapse on video. He can then be seen helping people make their way out of the ruined structure.
Clara Brugada, borough president of Iztapalapa, where the market is located, told the news outlet Telediario that there were no reports of injuries. However, reporters from other media have said that there were at least two people injured.
“I heard a loud crash, [and] when I saw that the structure that supported the roof was beginning to bend, I ran with my family to get away,” said Gonzalo Flores Martínez, who rents a booth in the market’s fresh flowers section.
He said that upon inspecting the fallen roof, the hail appeared to be different from normal. Instead of frozen precipitation, it looked and felt more like “plastic or balls of water with glue.” The sticky hailstones stacked up on the roof of the market and the weight became too much for the structure to bear.
Flores said that Brugada visited the collapsed market and, after a brief tour of the scene, admitted that she didn’t know what to do. Several market vendors became angry, insulted her, and even attacked the two police officers escorting her.
[Flores] asked for the help of Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum “or another responsible public servant who really wants to help us, because the losses are in the millions of pesos.”
“Greater wonders than have yet been seen will be witnessed by those upon the earth a short period previous to the coming of Christ. ‘And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.’ ‘And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.’ ‘And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.’” The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, page 84.