Damage assessment and repairs after strong winds damage properties in Mosta
Damage assessment and repairs were being carried out in several parts of Mosta yesterday morning, where damage was caused by the previous night’s whirlwind.
At the industrial estate, a number of cars were still covered by limestone blocks that were part of a wall that blew over.
The stones fell on vehicles that were awaiting repairs by nearby panel beaters. Some of them were heavily damaged.
Workers were also observed on the roof of the nearby Lidl supermarket, which was also damaged by the strong winds. The supermarket was hit at around 7pm, with parts of metal sheeting and water tanks flying off the roof. A concrete brick wall in the parking area was also smashed. Shoppers told this newspaper yesterday that there were scenes of panic when parts of the building came crashing down. People were told to drop everything and evacuate the premises. Some exited the building to find that their cars had been damaged by falling debris.
In a Facebook post today Lidl informed clients that the Mosta outlet is currently closed.
“We are currently working towards opening as soon as possible and we will keep you updated with the progress. In the meantime we invite you to visit our nearest outlet in San Gwann. We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the supermarket chain said.
The whirlwind also caused a balcony to fall down on two cars parked below and other minor damages were reported in several homes. Luckily, no one was injured.