Rains and floods have hit Majorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, after last week’s heat wave. The storm that hit part of the Mediterranean had serious consequences in the port of Palma. Rains reached 60 liters per square meter in less than an hour and winds reached 100 kilometers per hour.
The most affected areas are the municipalities of Palma, with 228 incidents, Calvià with 88 and Sóller with 10, the majority being due to falling trees, landslides and obstacles on the road.
A cruise ship that was moored in the port of Palma broke its moorings due to the strong wind caused by the storm and moved to the other end of the quay until it collided with an oil tanker, also moored.
The whole island was on alert yesterday morning
Due to severe storms, the orange weather warning level remained in effect until midnight. In many places there have been accidents with people slightly injured. The effects were also felt at Palma de Mallorca airport. Most flights experienced significant delays and some planes had to be diverted.
The situation today
The beaches of Cala Major, Can Pere Antoni, Ciutat Jardí and Cala Estancia de Palma are closed for swimming due to heavy rains which caused mixed water to spill into the sea. They will remain closed until analysis are carried out and that the quality of the water allows their reopening. The sewage system was overwhelmed by discharges due to violent storms.