The biggest waterspout of the decade falls in Valencia

Image - Pau Díaz

Image - Pau Díaz

November is a very interesting month from a meteorological point of view: the atmosphere is unstable and the episodes of rain accompanied by storm are a spectacle for fans and experts in the field. But it also has its negative side, as could be seen and felt in Valencia last night.

A staggering 152 liters per square meter fell in just a few hours, which caused the closure of tunnels, underpasses and streets. It has been the biggest waterspout since October 11, 2007, when 178'2l / m2 fell.

Image - Francisco JRG

Image - Francisco JRG

The storm, which remained static near Valencia, fell in the community yesterday afternoon. Around nine o'clock it intensified, and four hours later it intensified again, which caused more than half a thousand calls to 112. But not only did it leave water, but was accompanied by hundreds of rays that lit up the night sky: up to 429 made landfall only in Valencia, out of a total of 2703 that did so in the entire Valencian Community, according to data from the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

The rains were so intense that the Emergency Coordination Center decreed the zero situation and the hydrological alert for rains in the region of l'Horta Oest and in the city of Valencia itself. What is emergency situation 0? Basically, it is a warning that is given when there is a risk of danger or possible damage, as was the case.

Image - Germán Caballero

Image - Germán Caballero

Flooded streets and avenues, cars trapped or almost flooded, ... even medical centers had serious problems, like the Hospital Clínico de Valencia, which suffered severe flooding.

The storm, although it has been important, has not caused the death of any human being nor has there been any injuries, which is always good news.


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