0

By Humphrey Carter

THE north and north east of Majorca and all of Minorca took a severe pounding from gale force winds which reached over 120 kilometres per hour over Monday night and yesterday morning causing chaos to shipping between the island and Minorca damage.

One Pollensa resident told the Bulletin that after having lived in the area for nearly twenty years, he had never known anything like it. “During the night the wind was so strong at times I seriously thought the roof was going to be ripped off,” he said.

Fortunately it was not and damage in the area was minimal as the winds gradually died down throughout the day.

The only major problem occurred along the Andratx to Estellencs road which was already closed after part of the road gave way under heavy rains on February 23.

Last month's torrential rains caused a series of landslides in the area and late on Monday evening, another 50 metre stretch of the road disappeared down the side of the hill. The alarm was raised just after 7pm and the Guardia Civil quickly headed to the scene.

The Council of Majorca had already decided on a plan of action to repair the damage caused last month but now, the road, one of the most popular tourist routes through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, is completely closed to traffic. At first light, Council engineers were at the scene inspecting the latest damage and assessing what steps to take to repair the road.

Today, the Balearics, in particular the north and north east of Majorca, remains on level two, orange, weather alert until Thursday for freezing temperatures and snow.

The north easterly winds will finally die away later this morning but many people in the Sierra de Tramuntana may have woken to find around two centimetres of snow on the ground. Temperatures over night in the mountains were forecast to fall to as low as -4ºC and -1ºC elsewhere in Majorca and maximums are going to struggle to rise above 7ºC and 9ºC today and tomorrow respectively with more snow forecast to fall at sea level today.

However, the outlook continues to suggest a gradual improvement from tomorrow with temperatures and the snow line rising and maximum temperatures making it back into double figures of around 13ºC to 14ºC by the weekend.

Sunday is expected to remain dry for the most part of the day with only light northerly winds.