The Milenium left Palma at 10am for Barcelona, but was forced to return to port, where she arrived at 1pm. Passengers were later allowed to continue their journey on another ferry which left port at 1.45pm, 45 minutes behind schedule. The Nixe, which belongs to the Balearia company, canciled its departure from Ibiza to Denia, and made the crossing between La Savina in Formentera and enia without passengers. But despite the bad weather, the ports of Palma and Alcudia in Majorca, Mahon in Minorca and Ibiza and La Savina remained open.
The storms started early in the morning and swept across the island from north to south, blowing down trees and leaving 4'000 people without electricity.
The worst flooding was in Palma, Muro, Soller, Valldemossa and towns in the centre.
But the most serious problems were caused by the winds, which at times reached 65kph in the city and up to 83kph in the Dique del Oeste, uprooting trees in Palma, Montuiri and other towns. Hailstones were recorded in some municipalities such as Alcudia and Montuiri, where rainfall was measured at 35 litres per square metre.
Lightning and winds caused cuts in electricity, where the worst damage was in Andratx, Valldemossa, Son Sardina (Palma) and Palmanyola (Bunyola).
Initially some 4'000 homes and businesses were left without power, but by 2pm, energy had been restored to half of them. The weather will continue to be unsettled today, with the risk of the occasional storm in Majorca and Minorca. Temperatures will go down, and more high winds can be expected in Minorca. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate.
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