First came the torrential rain then hurricane winds followed over Wednesday night causing further damage to Majorca’s infrastructure.
Spokesperson for the Balearic Meteorological Office, Miguel Gili, reported yesterday that winds peaked in the Puig d’Alfabia at 122 kilometres per hour on Wednesday night, that is a category one hurricane according to the Saffir Simpson scale. In Capdepera, winds gusted at 103.7 kph and 66.6 in Pollensa.
Escorca witnessed the heaviest rainfall in 24 hours up to 3pm today, 105.8 litres per square metre followed by 61 in Llucmajor, 57 in Colonia de Sant Pere, 55 in Pollensa, 50 in Portocolom and 40 in Palma.
The hurricane force winds and heavy sea damaged parts of the promenade along Playa de Pamira in Paguera, where beaches were closed due a sewage leak caused by the torrential rain.
Up in the Tramuntana mountains, a number of rockfalls and landslides were reported. The worst occurred along the Andratx to Estellencs road which had to be closed while engineers cleared the rubble from the road. However, the worst of this unstable weather front has passed.