By H. Carter

GALE force winds caused further damage around Majorca's coast on Sunday and forced the closure of the Port of Palma for most of the day leaving a group of passengers trapped on board one of the ferries disrupted for 22 hours.

Winds of 103 kilometres per hour lashed Capdepera and the south of the island while gale forces winds gusting at 74 kilometres per hour battered Palma throughout the day and in Portocolom, 80 kilometre per hour gales dragged a number of yachts off their moorings and threw them up against the coast. One nearly ended up in the middle of the coastal road.

As forecast, the gale force winds hit the island in the early hours of Sunday morning and caused problems and widespread damage all round the coast of Majorca.

In Portals, a sailing yacht was blown on to the breakwater rocks while in Santa Ponsa, where last weekend's gales had already caused substantial damage, more yachts were damaged.

In Peguera, the emergency services remained on stand by monitoring the stricken ship which was slammed against the rocks last week and started leaking fuel.

The ship was part of the Port Adriano expansion project and under the force of Sunday's storm, broke into two.