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Downpours in Majorca. Water cascades in the terminal, a lake on the airport tarmac

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Downpours paralyzed the largest airport in Majorca. Rainwater entered the building's hall, flooding shops and waiting rooms, and completely covered the airport tarmac. Traffic at the airport was suspended for several hours.

On Tuesday, a zone passed over southern Spain storms and heavy rainfall. Meteorological warnings were in force in the area from Andalusia to Valencia, as well as in the Balearic archipelago.

The national weather agency AEMET reported that the station at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma, Mallorca, recorded hourly rainfall of almost 50 liters of water per square meter. In the moments of the most intense rain, the intensity increased to 90 l/sq m. in less than an hour.

The water cascaded down

From 3 p.m., the downpour stopped all activities at the airport. Water entered the terminal, flooding the duty-free shop and tourist lounges, and pooled on the tarmac. Photos and recordings published on social media show water cascading from the ceiling and planes flooded almost to the bottom of their engines. The staff tried to prevent flooding by placing buckets in leaking places, but heavy rainfall quickly filled them.

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According to the airport operator Aena, on Tuesday afternoon there was an “inability to safely operate flights”. Spanish Transport Minister Oscar Puente reported that for several hours all flights were redirected to alternative airports. At around 5 p.m., he reported that the rain had stopped and the airport had begun to resume passenger traffic.

The downpours were felt not only in the Balearic Islands. In the Region of Murcia, the local Directorate General for Citizen Security has decided to issue flood warnings of level 1. Since Monday evening, almost a hundred fire brigade interventions have been necessary. It was also dangerous in Alicante and Almeria.

According to AEMET forecasts, the violent weather in Majorca should end on Tuesday evening. In other regions affected by the storm, warnings will also be in force on Wednesday.

PAP, Reuters, Ser100, AENA

Main photo source: Markus Mainka/Shutterstock/controladores@x.com

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