UPDATE: Storm Celine causes havoc with flights diverted, roads closed and promenades flooded in Galicia

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 29 at 0:21 am

THE arrival of Storm Celine has caused numerous incidents in Galicia this evening.

More than a dozen flights had to be diverted or cancelled, roads were blocked, pools of water accumulated, and trees were blown down, according to 112 Galicia.

Santiago City Council closed all of the city’s parks, with all activities at the As Cancelas football suspended in the afternoon.

In the city of A Coruña, strong waves at high tide caused the closure of the promenade in the direction of the football stadium. The council explained that pedestrian traffic would be restored once the necessary cleaning tasks had been carried, but only if it was considered appropriate.

According to police sources in Pontevedra, the Marín motorway remains closed, with ‘quite a few’ incidents reportedly caused by the storm in the city.

Maritime services were also affected

More than a dozen flights in and out of Santiago-Rosalía de Castro and Vigo airports had to be either diverted or cancelled.
Flights from Bologna, Geneva, Madrid, Tenerife and Porto were diverted while arrivals from London, Porto and Palma de Mallorca have to be cancelled. As for departures, flights to Bologna, Geneva, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife or Barcelona were also been cancelled.

A flight that departed on Saturday morning from Compostela Airport bound for Bilbao also had to be diverted due to the strong gusts of wind exceeding 100 km/h that hit Vizcaya, as reported by 20minutos.es.

Aena tweeted about an adverse weather phenomenon at Compostela airport and advised passengers to check with their airlines about the status of their flight.


Saturday, October 28 at 7:50 pm

NINE provinces of five autonomous communities in Spain have been placed on yellow alert for heavy rainfall this Sunday, October 29.

As reported by AEMET, the State Meteorological Agency, the rain brought by Storm Celine could be locally strong and persistent in the southern half of Galicia, the northwest of Castilla y León, western parts of the Central system and in the central Pyrenees.

The yellow alert will be in force in Huelva, Huesca, Cáceres, Lugo, Ourense, Pontevedra, Ávila, Salamanca and Zamora.

Where will yellow alerts for wind be in place?

In addition, a yellow alert for strong winds has been issued in the Cantabria regions of Liébana, Valle de Villaverde, Cantabria del Ebro, as well as for Burgos and Palencia in Castilla y León, and in La Rioja.

Due to coastal phenomena, the western and eastern coasts of Asturias, Girona and the Cantabrian coast will be on yellow alert. Galicia meanwhile will have orange alert, specifically, in A Coruña, Lugo and Pontevedra.

Celine is expected to affect the northwest half of the mainland, bringing cloudy skies. The rain is predicted to move from the northwest to southeast. It will be abundant and accompanied by occasional storms in Galicia, west of the Meseta and in the Pyrenees.

The storm not affect the whole of Spain

In the southern half of Galicia, northwest of Castilla y León, west of the Central system and central Pyrenees, this rain could be persistent. In general, it will be less intense and more dispersed in the rest of the affected areas.

Abundant low-type cloudiness is also expected in the rest of the areas along the Atlantic coast, without ruling out some weak and scattered rain which will tend to subside.

In the southeastern third of the mainland and the Balearic archipelago, high cloudiness will increase without any sign of rainfall.

Cloudy intervals are expected in the Canary Islands, with the cloudiness increasing in the northwest, with possible occasional showers on the islands of greater relief.

Snow could fall at an altitude above 2,000 metres in the Pyrenees and 1,800/2,200 metres in the western Cantabrian Sea, although is it is expected to be weak.

There will be probable morning fog banks in mountainous areas of the mainland, which will be locally persistent, without ruling out coastal fog on the southeastern coast.

Temperatures are forecast to drop in some parts of the country

Temperatures will drop in the northwest, with maximum temperatures rising in the northeast and southwest, while there will be scattered weak frosts in the Pyrenees.

An intense wind is expected to blow from the south and southwest across the mainland and in the Balearic Islands. A westerly wind will prevail in the Strait and Alborán. Strong gusts could occur at intervals on the coasts of Galicia, the western Cantabrian Sea and Empordà.

Very strong gusts can be expected in mountainous areas of the northern third and on northwest coasts. In general, they will tend to subside throughout the day.

In the Canary Islands there will be light winds, with an east component moving southwest in the east and west and south components in the west.

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Chris King

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