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Intense rains temporarily shut Mexico’s Benito International Airport

Mexico City, Mexico — The airport in Mexico City was forced to suspend operations Tuesday night as intense rains hit the region.

Fallen trees, river-like streets, inoperable airport runways and flooded subways were the result of a severe thunderstorm that doused the city Tuesday evening. It was around 7:00 p.m. when the airport announced it had to suspend flights until further notice.

For nearly two hours, Mexico City passengers at the Benito International Airport waited out the intense rains. More than 17 flights were diverted to other airports while another 17 were delayed.

The Federal Police released a video on Twitter showing the storm responsible for shutting the airport.

“Air operations at the Benito Juárez International Airport are suspended due to adverse weather conditions,” the federal agency said on Twitter.

Much of the intensity of the rain had subsided by 9:00 p.m. when the airport was able to begin servicing passengers. The city reported busy firefighters as they were out removing fallen trees, two of which are reported to have landed on cars.