The storms led to dozens of flights being postponed at Mallorca Airport on Sunday. Numerous tourists had to spend the night at the airport. Photo: dpa/Clara Margais
A storm has caused chaos on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca. Heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds caused considerable property damage. Dozens of flights had to be postponed.
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On Sunday (August 27) there were severe storms on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Heavy showers and storms with gusts of over 120 kilometers per hour swept across the island.
How bad was the storm on Mallorca?
The community was hardest hit Palma. According to the port authority of the Balearic Islands, a cruise ship had broken loose there because of the strong winds. It then collided with an oil tanker moored in the harbor basin.
According to the “Mallorca Zeitung”, according to the weather service, there were gusts of wind with a wind speed of 122 kilometers per hour at the lighthouse Capdepera and 108 km/h on theMajorca Airport measured. At the Son Torrella weather station in the Serra de Tramuntana, 128 liters per square meter fell over the course of Sunday, in Port de Sóller it was 107.8 liters and in Pollença 94.8 liters.
According to the Balearic emergency service, the sometimes violent storms with hurricane gusts and heavy rain led to more than 300 incidents. Accordingly, it was mainly fallen trees that damaged cars or obstructed traffic. According to official information, no one was seriously injured. The fire brigade reported 179 missions, mostly in the community Calviá west of Palma.
The Spanish weather service Aemet lowered the warning level from orange to yellow for Monday. This warns of high waves on the coast.
To what extent was air traffic affected?
After dozens of flights in Mallorca were canceled due to bad weather, many tourists had to spend the night of Monday at Palma Airport. Hundreds of passengers were affected, regional media reported.
A total of 29 departures were canceled at Son Sant Joan Airport on Sunday, according to the Spanish airport administration authority Aena. In addition, 27 incoming flights were canceled and 18 were diverted.
In summer, Mallorca often handles more than 1000 flights a day. In the course of Monday, the situation will largely return to normal, said an airport spokesman.