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Intense rains close Mexico City airport Tuesday

Mexico City, Mexico — Intense rain in Mexico City Tuesday night caused the suspension of flights in and out of the Benito Juarez International Airport.

For approximately two hours, the airport was forced to suspend all operations while heavy rains, thunderstorms and even hail pounded the region.

The city’s metro system implemented safety notices throughout the network, while reports of water logging and fallen trees affected other areas.

Passengers of the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) reported ceiling leaks due to heavy rains. The Federal Police also uploaded a video of the downpour falling on taxiways.

More than 17 flights were diverted to alternate airports, while 17 resulted in delayed departures in T1 and 11 delayed in T2. Operations restored gradually as the intense rains let up.

The heavy rains began shortly before 7:00 p.m. and affected the delegations of Iztapalapa, Cuauhtémoc, Venustiano Carranza, Iztacalco, Gustavo A. Madero, Azcapotzalco, Alvaro Obregón and Coyoacán, among others.

Several main streets were turned into running rivers, while the fire department was kept busy removing numerous fallen trees from roadways. Two trees were also reported to have fallen on cars.

The Secretariat of Civil Protection issued an Orange Alert in several regions of Mexico City. It was the second time in less than a week that the city experience heavy rains and hail.