TORREMOLINOS – A sea spout struck in Torremolinos this morning, turning into a mini tornado as it hit land. This resulted in 50 broken sunbeds and significant damage to beach bar Casa Paco in the El Bajondillo zone.
At six o’clock residents were startled by strong winds. A sea spout raged over the waters and caused significant material damage. The sunbeds of the Casa Paco chiringuito in the El Bajondillo district were particularly damaged.
Local entrepreneurs respond
“Everything happened very quickly,” said Manuel Villafaina, president of the local beach entrepreneurs. “Fortunately this time the damage was limited to a specific area.”
Clean-up campaign in full swing
The repairs started this morning. Photos show stacked sunbeds, fallen parasols and a destroyed tent for disabled bathers. However, municipal workers have now put the affected area back in order.
Drivers on their feet
Miguel Domínguez and Francisco Cerdán, local officials, coordinated the cleanup. Furthermore, Mayor Margarita del Cid called for calm on Twitter and emphasised that there was only material damage.
First rains after 73 days
Although Torremolinos remained dry, rain finally fell in Málaga after a drought of 73 days. The Axarquia region, the most drought-stricken region so far, has seen the most rainfall. With at some points between 8 and 25 litres per square metre. A sea spout has also been recorded on the coast of Torrox. However,this did not cause any material damage.
Data from the General Directorate of Water Infrastructure of the Junta de Andalucía show that 13.4 litres have been collected in Benamargosa and 11 and 9.3 litres in the Limonero and Viñuela reservoirs respectively. Furthermore, almost 17 litres have been registered in Alcaucín so far. The rain forecast remains for later today, with a yellow alert for possible storms.