Three tornados cause havoc on Catalan coast
8 September 2005, BARCELONA — Three tornados in 24 hours have caused havoc on the Catalan coastline, closing Barcelona airport, stopping trains, throwing cars around and smashing windows.
8 September 2005
BARCELONA — Three tornados in 24 hours have caused havoc on the Catalan coastline, closing Barcelona airport, stopping trains, throwing cars around and smashing windows.
The latest tornado on Thursday brought down trees, smashed windows and forced cars to stop.
Two tornados on Wednesday night meant 42 flights had to be delayed leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.
There were heavy traffic jams, train services were stopped and a number of vehicles were thrown about as the storms struck the Catalan coast to the south of the city.
No injuries were reported, but heavy rain and thunder storms carried on through Wednesday and into Thursday.
One woman told Spanish television how the plane she was travelling on to Barcelona was "lifted up in the sky" by the sheer force of the tornados.
Two planes were moved on the runway at Barcelona airport by the strong winds.
Authorities closed the airport for two hours until the worst of the storms blew over.
Fifty litres of rain fell during two hours at Sitges, a popular holiday town to the south of Barcelona, dragging parked cars along the sea front.
The Spanish Meteorological Institute (INM) has forecast more heavy showers and storms in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands.
But they said the rain would not be enough to replace the water which the country has lost during the worst drought for nearly 60 years.
Water reserves are at 41 percent of capacity on average across Spain, though in some areas reserves are substantially lower.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news