Bruno hits the Costa

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Dave Jones djones@cb­news.es

STORM Bruno brought gale­force winds to the Costa Blanca on Wed­nes­day.

In Ali­cante, the high­est winds hit the north of the prov­ince, as trees were up­rooted and traf­fic signs brought down.

A gust of 137km/h was recorded in Ben­i­tachell and 132km/h in Benidorm.

The south of the prov­ince was also bat­tered by the storm, with Ali­cante-Elche air­port notch­ing up 95km/h and Elche city 90km/h.

The emer­gency ser­vices re­ported that a 74-year-old woman was in­jured in Pe­trer when pieces of con­crete blew off a build­ing. She was treated in Elda Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

The high­est wind speeds in Spain were recorded in the Basque Coun­try, with a gust of 163km/h in Matx­i­tako (Viz­caya), ac­cord­ing to state news agency EFE.

Seven planes which were due to land at Bil­bao air­port had to be redi­rected or re­turn to their air­port of ori­gin, in­clud­ing flights from Ali­cante and Va­len­cia, ac­cord­ing to state air­port op­er­a­tor AENA.

Waves mea­sur­ing up to 10 me­tres were recorded in As­turias, where the fish­ing fleets re­mained in port.

The Aragon Herald re­ported that the Por­talet pass into France – used by many Bri­tish mo­torists who drive from the Costas to the UK – was closed on Wed­nes­day due to heavy snow.

Although windy weather is set to con­tinue on the Costa Blanca, ac­cord­ing to state weather agency AEMET, the tem­per­a­tures will re­main high.

TWO KILLED

Two peo­ple were killed in the Balearic Is­lands and Cataluña on Wed­nes­day..

A 56-year-old man was blown off the bal­cony of his third-floor apart­ment in Se­gur de Calafell (Tar­rag­ona) as he was try­ing to re­pair a win­dow.

The storm claimed another vic­tim in Mal­lorca, where a 47year-old man died as he was wind­surf­ing in heavy seas at Al­cú­dia.

Photo by Irena Bodnarec

Gust of over 130km/h along Benidorm's Le­vante beach on Wed­nes­day.

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