Severe thunderstorm produces tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding in Spain


Parts of Spain were pounded by severe thunderstorms resulting in a massive tornado, powerful hailstorms, and flash flooding on Monday, August 26, 2019. The tornado lashed through the Spanish town of Campillos near Malaga, while the municipality of Arganda del Rey was ravaged by raging flash floods. Areas in Madrid also experienced severe hailstorms.

Spain faced a series of unfortunate weather events recently as the distressing storms caused road closures, property damages, and river-like roads. As stated by AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys, the storm surge that crossed the Iberian Peninsula caused the calamities.

Reports stated that Madrid was hit by a total of 25 to 55 mm (1 to 2 inches) of rain. The flooding was worsened by huge hailstones the size of a ping-pong ball.

The tornado in Campillos hit an electricity pylon which resulted in a flash fire. Furthermore, power lines, barns, and trees were also taken down by the powerful twister. Following the tornado was a torrential storm. 

The State Meteorological Agency in Spain (AEMET) stated that the emergency department received thousands of incident reports on Monday night. The storm reportedly produced more than 9 000 lightning bolts in six hours.

According to the agency, the storm had moved towards the east coast on Tuesday.

Featured image: Malaga tornado – August 2019


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