More than 140 homes in Santa Ponsa were left without electricity for more than an hour when lightning struck one of the electricity posts in the area during the storm in the early hours of yesterday morning. The Council of Majorca's fire brigade reported that two of its vehicles in Calvia were called out to an electricity post in the Calle Gran Via Menorca, Santa Ponsa, to extinguish a fire there. GESA, the gas and electricity board, reported that lightning had sparked off the fire and caused damage to the cables. GESA cut off electricity to make the fire brigade's work easier. The Council of Majorca fire brigade was also called out to Binissalem to pump water from a tunnel which had become flooded during the rain. The tunnel was in Cami Biniagual and several people who lived in the area were unable to reach their homes until the fire brigade declared the tunnel safe, sources said.

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