9,000 Homeless in Mexico Hailstorm

From Associated Press

About 9,000 people were left homeless in the southern state of Veracruz after a freak hailstorm destroyed the roofs of their homes, news reports said.

The Excelsior news service said Thursday that no major injuries were reported in the hailstorm, which occurred in 12 towns surrounding the Pico de Orizaba Volcano, about 150 miles east of Mexico City.

It said numerous people suffered minor head injuries from the falling hailstones. Witnesses reported seeing hailstones the size of oranges.

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