65 liters / m² and 1400 lightning strikes in 4 hours hit Spain

(ORDO NEWS) — The Valencian community registered 65 liters/m² and 1400 lightning strikes in 4 hours this Monday, May 2

In May, the Valencian Community experienced heavy rains, thunderstorms and even hail. Within four hours from 16:00 to 20:00 on Monday, May 2, the state meteorological agency AEMET issued an orange warning in the southern part of Valencia and in the north of Alicante.

The AEMET weather forecast was right and hail fell in just half an hour in municipalities such as La Fonte de la Figuera in the Costera region, where terrible conditions have raised fears for the almond harvest and vineyards.

The districts of Boccairent, Val d’Albaida and Sierra de Mariola were bombarded with hail, as were the municipalities of Alicante, Bagneres de Mariola, Muro and Alcoy. In the mountainous areas of these municipalities, the hail turned to ice, creating an image of a blanket of snow covering the ground.

Thunderstorms broke out with force mainly in mountainous areas and were accompanied by numerous electrical discharges. More than 1,400 lightning strikes were recorded in six hours, according to AEMET. In Muro, lightning struck a tree, causing a small fire without consequences.

It is in these regions that the greatest amount of precipitation fell. In particular, according to Avamet, the Valencian meteorological agency, in the cities of Muro and Guyanes, in the Sierra de Benicadel, 65 liters / m² were registered.

The emergency coordination center of the Generalitat has issued a yellow warning for the whole of today, Tuesday 3. According to lasprovincias.es, it has been extended to the entire territory of the Community, as there is a high probability of hail and precipitation of up to 20 liters/m² per hour.


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