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Unprecedented hailstorm hits northwestern Iranian city of Sanandaj

People clear streets hit by a hailstorm in the northwestern Iranian city of Sanandaj on May 3, 2017.

An unprecedented spring hailstorm has hit the northwestern Iranian city of Sanandaj, taking the residents by surprise.

While hailstorms are common in Sanandaj in spring time, the ferocious hailstorm, which started on Wednesday morning, left the capital city of Sanandaj in Kordestan Province like snow-covered cities, with tractors sent out to clear ice from streets.

The hailstorm also inflicted damage on vehicles, disrupted traffic for several hours and caused flash floods.  

Several other cities and villages across the province were also hit by hailstorms and flash flooding. 

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