THE windstorm which has battered the Balearics intermittently since last Thursday, abated somewhat over the weekend, enough for the port of Mahon to be reopened to sea traffic and to start to recover some semblance of normality.

A spokesperson for the Port Authority said that the port of Mahon was opened at 8.45am on Sunday after more than 26 hours of inactivity in this port.
This meant that the ferries Wisteria, owned by Acciona-Trasmediterranea, and Triumph, owned by Balearia were able to dock.
These two ships, carrying mainly lorry drivers and their vehicles, sailed from Barcelona port on Friday night, and then had to spend Saturday morning anchored off the south coast of Minorca.

However, the management of the port of Ciutadella said that it would remain closed as they were expecting the wind to intensify again.
Sources from the Balearic Meteorological Centre said that at 7.30pm on Sunday gusts of wind of up to 72 kilometres per hour were still being recorded in the Minorcan capital, Mahon.

With regard to Majorca, around 10am on Sunday there were still gusts of 61 kilometres per hour in Portocolom, of 57 km/h in Sa Pobla, of 50 km/h in Porreres, and 31 km/h in Palma. On Ibiza at the same time gusts of 48 km/h were recorded.