By Brett Gibbons

WINDS of up to 130 kilometres per hour battered parts of the Balearics yesterday as gale force gusts swept across the region injuring four people.
Majorca's Sierra de Tramuntana and the north east of the island was affected by the strongest winds of 130 kph, while Ibiza and Formentera, the interior of Majorca and parts of the south of the island were hit by gusts of 100 kph. Emergency crews were called out to deal with 270 incidents resulting from the bad weather and received 1800 calls requesting help and advice.

Power supplies were halted and there were numerous reports of structural damages in all regions of the Balearics.
A motorist was taken to Palma's Son Dureta Hospital after being involved in an accident caused by the bad weather. His condition was said to be “serious.” Two people were also treated for the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty heater used in a city home. The fourth victim was a builder who fell seven metres while working on a site in the city. The Balearics will remain on level one, yellow alert today.

The level two, orange, alert was lowered at midnight last night.
In Pollensa, trees were uprooted and blocked roads approaching the town, while many buildings in the town suffered damage.
Tiles were blown from roofs and windows were broken by the force of the winds.
Streets were deserted as people were advised to stay indoors by emergency services.
The roof was completely blown away from an empty bar in Cala Millor on Majorca's East Coast.
A main road in Canymel was blocked by a fallen tree and a wall which was blown over by the high winds blocked a road above Andratx in the south west.
A house was badly damaged in Porto Colom and a roof was blown away from a house under construction in Puigpunyent.


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