The first great storm of this dry autumn that Spain lives has also been first to receive a name. The explosive cyclogenesis baptized as Ana, which will give this Monday still its last tail, put this Sunday on red alert to nine provinces by strong winds of "extreme risk". The abundant rain, which will not solve severe drought suffered by peninsula, flooded roads, streets and houses in north and complicated operation return of bridge of Constitution also in airports, to arrive accompanied by gusts of wind of more than 140 Miles an hour.
Galicia, desirous of filling its depleted reservoirs to alleviate problems of water supply that hover over cities, was first community to receive scourge of Ana. With deep storm fell in morning abundant rains, which gave way at noon to winds of special intensity that managed to knock down trees and electrical lines. Before three in afternoon, on coast of Pontevedra and Lugo, gusts were approaching 130 kilometres per hour.
The wind complicated traffic at airports of Vigo, Santiago and A Coruña. The terminal of Vigo was most affected and of 20 flights planned for yesterday six were diverted and five ors cancelled. The incidents began first thing in morning, when a charter plane from Algiers that had to land at 6.30 hours at airfield Vigo had to be diverted to Madrid, and affected or connections between Galicia and cities such as Lisbon or Malaga.
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Air traffic also suffered major problems in rest of Spain because of time in Europe. About 70 flights from countries such as United Kingdom, Holland and Germany were cancelled at airports of Madrid, Barcelona, Palma, Seville and Valencia. The yellow alert in Strait of Gibraltar led to port of Algeciras to suspend ferry trips from ten o'clock at night and tariff quays also closed ir facilities due to bad wear conditions provided for entire night. The sea connections by catamaran between Rota and capital were interrupted.
With firefighters and emergency equipment on alert and General Directorate of Traffic recommending to avoid road displacements and to advance return of bridge, municipalities of norrn half of Spain closed parks and Christmas attractions, They held garbage cans and suspended outdoor activities. In Madrid, with wind forecasts up to 110 kilometres per hour and yellow alert for snow in Sierra during early morning, a sector of Retiro Park was closed.
In Galician towns like Guitiriz (Lugo), Ponte Caldelas (Pontevedra), Rois (A Coruña) or Monfero (A Coruña) were collected in a single day more precipitations than in all of November, according to data of Meteogalicia, with records that came to exceed 100 liters per Square meter. In afternoon, record of rain was held by Ponte Caldelas, where more than 140 liters per square metre fell, overflowing river that crosses it, and wind was reaching Carballeda de Valdeorras in Ourense, surpassing 140 kilometres per hour.
In Basque Country, yellow notice was activated at noon by winds over 100 kilometres per hour, but at nine o'clock in evening alert became orange with a forecast of hurricane gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour. In Vitoria garbage collection service was annulled and in San Sebastián, Christmas illumination remained off, reports Mikel Ormazabal.
The Aemet maintains this Monday on red alert to both Cantabria and Aran Valley (Lleida) for extreme risk of strong gusts of wind.Names are already chosen until Gisele
The current storm bears name of Ana because Portuguese, French and Spanish meteorological agencies have decided to "baptize" all phenomena of this type susceptible to cause significant damage in goods and people in any of three countries, come Accompanied or not of an explosive cyclogenesis. At moment, meteorological agency has only decided to name Atlantic storms, not Mediterranean. The following to come will receive names of Bruno, Carmen, David, Emma, Felix, Gisele, Hugo, Irene, Jose, Katia, Le, Marina, Nuno, Olivia, Pierre, Rosa, Samuel, Telma, Vasco and Wiam.