Madrid, Jan 22 (EFE) .- Hortense, the Atlantic storm that has affected the entire country since yesterday, is already heading towards the east of the peninsula, although in its trajectory it has left hurricane gusts of 179 kilometers per hour, waves of more of 7 meters in the Atlantic coast and intense rains in the west of the peninsula.
Although with the passing of the hours Hortense tends to weaken, tomorrow Saturday a new storm, Ignacio, will cross the peninsula leaving in its wake rain in the north and northwest, wind, waves and a rise in the minimum on Sunday, especially in the southern half, where high values are expected for the time.
The storm Ignacio, to which the Aemet has given its name, will enter Galicia early tomorrow morning, and although “it will not leave gusts as strong and intense” as those of Hortense, in points of the north, center and east of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands it will will exceed 80-100 km / h, has advanced Rubén del Campo, spokesman for Aemet.
Faced with this situation, warnings for wind, rough seas, snow and rain are maintained in almost all of Spain, with the exception of Extremadura, the Canary Islands and Ceuta; In all the communities they will be yellow, except in Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha, Murcia and the Valencian Community, which are expected to be orange due to winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Since the early hours of this morning, various parts of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands have suffered strong gusts of wind associated with Hortense.
Thus, 179 kilometers per hour were recorded at the Panticosa station (Huesca), the highest in this storm, followed by the 156 km / h at the Valdezcaray station (La Rioja) and the 127 km / h recorded in the Puerto Alto del León (Madrid).
Another fact to highlight has been the 120 kilometers per hour measured this morning in the Andalusian station of Sierra Nevada, which has motivated its closure throughout the day this Friday due to the persistent and intense gusts of wind in the Veleta area .
Rubén del Campo, spokesperson for Aemet, explained that Hortense has also left more than 3,000 lightning strikes and numerous storms distributed over large areas of the territory, the latter phenomenon very unusual in winter in Spain, where, for example, at points of the northern plateau, the center of the peninsula and the Ebro valley there is only one every 10 or 20 years.
The storm has also left a maritime storm with strong waves, according to the latest data from Puertos del Estado, which estimate that the maximum wave height expected in the next few hours in Atlantic waters will be about 7.5 meters high, up to 4, 9 meters in the Mediterranean and 2.6 meters in the Canary Islands.
Hortense today keeps all of Spain on alert for severe inclement weather, except the Canary Islands, with 14 communities on orange alert (significant risk): Andalusia, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Cantabria, both Castiles, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia, Basque Country , La Rioja and the Valencian Community.
The Community of Madrid has been affected by the storm with gusts of up to 100 km / h in the mountains and close to 90 km / h in the metropolitan area, which has led to 522 notices to 112 related to problems with trees due to the fall of branches and damage to roofs and roofs, falling antennas and streetlights, among others.
The wind has knocked down a high voltage tower next to the VP-3014 highway, between Piñel de Arriba and Piñel de Abajo, in the province of Valladolid, an event that has not caused power outages in the area.
This incident is one of 12 that occurred in that community between midnight and 12:00 this Friday, all of them related to strong gusts of winds, which is approximately one every three and a half minutes.
In Jijona (Alicante), part of a roof of a nougat factory has fallen on a nearby school because of the wind without causing personal injury.
In Murcia, the Emergency Coordination Center has answered this Friday, until 1:00 p.m., a total of 427 calls referring to 209 incidents caused by strong gusts of wind, including the forest fire declared in the Sierra de Carrascoy and the fall of a palm tree that has forced to cut the railway traffic between Alhama de Murcia and Totana.
In Aragon, the Zaragoza firefighters have made 16 outings related to strong gusts of wind, especially on the left bank of the Ebro and, especially, in the San Gregorio neighborhood, while the city of Huesca has decided to close several of its parks.
The road emergency teams of the Consell de Mallorca have responded to some sixty incidents related to the fall of trees, branches, signals or electrical wiring on the road, most of them minor.
Also in Badajoz damage has been suffered due to strong gusts of wind, the most important of which is the fall of various solar panels from a ninth floor.
The snow has stood out in Galicia, one of the communities most affected by the severe storm, where the snowfalls last night have forced the prohibition of the transit of trucks and articulated vehicles in Alto do Poio, in the municipality of Pedrafita do Cebreiro.
Likewise, the copious rains in the Galician community have led to the activation of the Special Plan for Flood Risk in view of the forecast of overflows in the Azúmara rivers, as they pass through the municipality of Castro d Rei, and Ouro, in the municipality of Foz .
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