Spain: Hurricane winds caused fatalities
Winds that exceeded 100 miles per hour along with by heavy storms left three people dead.
Fire Station sources reported that “That night, two people died in a traffic accident on the road in the municipality of Arlanzón (Burgos), when they collided against a tree that fell due to the the wind. “
On Saturday, the storm left more than 10 thousand people without light in Canarias, 27 thousand in Galicia and another 30 thousand in the Basque Country, also brought down trees, billboards fell, roads were blocked and 57 flights were canceled.
Four people were injured in the afternoon, in Roperuelos del Páramo (León), Aranda de Duero (Burgos), Arévalo (Ávila) and Zamayón (Salamanca).
The so-called ‘perfect storm’ ‘is punishing Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, Navarra and northern Castilla-Leon, where winds gusted over 140 mph.
The center and south part of the country is being hit less hard, but is expected to reach about 70-90 mph.
Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, Interior Minister confirmed, especially in areas declared ‘red alert’, that “it’s not the best weekend to ‘jog’ in the woods when some autonomous communities are on red alert, or to go to see the waves, especially if you don’t have a lot of caution, or to repair roofs, please extreme caution in activities incompatible with fierce winds.”
MeteoGalicia Sources in the city of Vigo showed up on Saturday afternoon ‘the maximum gust of winds caused by cyclone Xynthya in Galicia, with 147 kilometers per hour, and mountain values reached 200 kilometers per hour. The rain left in the village of Zas Coruña its intraday high, 56 liters per square meter. “
At night, in the highs of Orduña (Vizcaya) a wind of 228 mph was recorded, the highest speed on record in the Basque Autonomous Community. In the district of Deusto in Bilbao, it reached 114 kph and 124 mph in Zarautz.
Adif, took as a precautionary measure, ‘the suspension of trains in the north of the peninsula this afternoon in Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias, Leon, Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja’.