Strong winds cause over 250 incidents in Malaga province


A wall from the García Lorca school was pulled down by the strong winds. / FRANCIS SILVA

  • Malaga city activated its emergency plan after fallen walls, trees and lampposts led to travel disruption

Malaga province was hit by strong winds on Sunday afternoon which led to over 250 incidents and resulted in a cyclist being badly injured.

At half past three in the afternoon the state weather agency (Aemet), based at the airport, measured a wind speed of 94 kilometres per hour and raised the alert level to orange, for both the wind speed and the size of the waves, which were up to four metres high.

The emergency services received over 250 calls as a result of the weather.

The most serious was the case of a 67-year-old foreign woman who was blown off her bicycle into a lamppost and suffered severe injuries on the seafront near the Sacaba Beach roundabout on the western edge of Malaga city.

Juan Luis Morales, a resident of Huelin who looked after her after she fell unconscious, explained that a woman, who claimed she was a nurse, ensured that the woman didn’t choke on her own blood.

The emergency services tried to revive her in the ambulance and took her to Carlos Haya hospital. She is believed to have suffered serious craniocerebral trauma.

However, the majority of incidents were in Malaga city with fallen branches and lamposts causing the most damage.

On Calle Larios, windows fell onto the street below, while a lampost at the roundabout was blown to the side.


High waves caused problems in Malaga's western districts. / Francis Silva

What's more at the García Lorca school, the perimeter wall was blown over, falling onto a vehicle on the adjacent street.

Elsewhere on the Costa

In Fuengirola, a man was injured after being hit in the head by the lid of a water tank which was blown loose by the wind.

This was one of several incidents registered in the area with the fire services responding to a number of incidents including the partial collapse of a wall onto a van in Los Boliches.

In the same area, the collapse of a hoarding, as well as fears over another, briefly halted the Cercanías train service between 3 and 5 pm.

In Benalmádena Costa, a glass roof was blown off a restaurant on the promenade, while fallen branches caused the partial closure of Avenida Manuel Fraga in Torremolinos.

Warnings still in place

The inclement weather conditions carried over into Monday and affected ferry services into Malaga port.

Though the wind had relented, roughs seas saw the regular service cancelled between Melilla and Malaga. This, however, is expected to resume on Tuesday.