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Intense thunderstorms hit Uruguay, causing severe flooding in Montevideo

montevideo flood december 1 2023

Intense thunderstorms hit southern Uruguay on December 1, 2023, causing severe flooding and travel disruptions in Montevideo.

Most of the rainfall fell from 10:00 LT to 16:00, with 80 mm (3.2 inches) recorded in Prado, Montevideo, and 79 mm (3.1 inches) in Ismael Cortinas, Flores.

Maximum wind gusts were recorded in Melila, Montevideo, reaching up to 100 km/h (62 mph), followed by A. Carrasco, Canelones at 80 km/h (50 mph).

One of the worst affected areas was the capital, Montevideo, where severe flooding was reported.

INEMET issued an Orange alert for heavy rain for the country’s southern regions on December 1. The rains, and consequently Orange and Yellow alerts, moved up north through the rest of the day and into December 2.

As of 09:00 UTC on December 2, Orange alerts were in effect only in the northern regions.

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