TWO tornadoes struck Costa Blanca. The weather phenomenon hit the centre of Torrevieja with whirling winds damaging the façade of a building.
A tornado was also reported in the town of Benissa on the north Costa Blanca, damaging green areas. No one was injured in either of the events. The tornadoes occurred at around 11am on Monday morning and added to a weekend where weather warnings were put in place as heavy storms were predicted for much of the province.
Sunday’s storms saw 85 litres of rainfall per square metre fall in Rojales and Alicante-Elche airport registered 74 litres. Along the coast waves exceeded 3.5 metres in height. In Torrevieja, the storms saw gusts of up to 85mph sweeping across the city causing damage. In the area of Playa Acequión, glass was broken in the Navamares building and the strength of the storm even caused a wall to come down.
At the Marina International, four trees crashed down, two of them damaging parked cars and a fallen tree also caused traffic delays along the Paseo de la Libertad. Police received numerous calls from residents warning of falling trees in at least 10 different points of the city, with some requiring the intervention of firefighters, as well as cases of fallen traffic signals, fences and tiles and rubble from buildings.
In Elche, palm trees fell in the palm grove, affecing electrical wiring as they collapsed and the town hall issued an order for the closure of parks to prevent anyone being injured until checks could be made to ensure safety. There are no reports of anyone being injured during the ‘gota fria’ (cold drop). Weather conditions stabilised a few hours after the tornadoes and Torrevieja’s Mastral Project has predicted calmer and more settled conditions for the remainder of