Majorca has been hit by hurricane-force winds reaching speeds of over 75mph, causing a terrifying storm to sweep through the Spanish resort. The island, usually associated with August’s scorching heat and abundant sunshine, is now grappling with extreme weather conditions, including torrential rain and violent winds. Tourists have shared alarming videos depicting the chaos as sun loungers are carried through the air and palm trees topple to the ground.
Hotel resorts have been severely impacted by the fierce winds, heavy rainfall, and hail, resulting in unrecognizable landscapes. Within a single hour, more than 80 flood-related incidents were reported on the island. The force of the storm has led to objects being launched across the resorts, trees being uprooted, and roads becoming flooded and challenging to navigate.
The Capdepera lighthouse in Majorca experienced winds exceeding 75mph, according to Spanish forecasters. Particularly affected is the locality of Andratx, where ominous clouds and moody skies have set a somber tone over the region. Videos shared by holidaymakers reveal the harrowing scenes of families taking cover behind cars and fleeing beaches as parasols and deckchairs are thrown about by the powerful gusts.
Reports indicate that trees have been knocked down and basements flooded, putting a strain on local officials attempting to manage the situation. The Aemet met agency has issued warnings of further intense storms throughout the evening, extending the disruption into the night. The Balearics’ emergency service, 112, reported a staggering 84 storm-related incidents within an hour, underscoring the severity of the situation.
An amber alert has been extended across the entirety of Majorca until midnight, as heavy rain, hail, and hurricane-force winds continue to batter the island. The Tramuntana region and the northern and northeastern parts of Majorca are particularly susceptible to the effects of the ongoing storms.
While these storms wreak havoc on Majorca, other parts of Europe are grappling with wildfires and heatwaves. Greece, in particular, has been combating extensive fires amid gale-force winds and dry summer conditions. More than 600 firefighters, including reinforcements from various European countries, are battling multiple wildfires in Greece. A massive blaze has persisted in the north-eastern regions, causing significant destruction and loss of life.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn