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Day: October 21, 2016

A weekend of sport and culture in Dolores

Come and enjoy the Multi-sport Exhibition in the day and the Heritage Tour by night Saturday is loaded with activities in Dolores. Firstly there is the third Dolores Multi-sport Exhibition, from 10.30 in the Plaza Cardenal Belluga. For this the Town Hall has organised demonstrations of volleyball, basketball, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis and traditional games, like a ‘gymkana’ (a race with a combination of different challenges) that the Gades Personal Training Centre has organised for fathers and sons, and the performances of different styles of dances prepared by the Mari Trini Dance School. Then at night, the Dramatised Nocturnal Heritage Tour, the ‘Cardenal Belluga Tour’, will start at 9:30pm from the Museo de la Huerta (Farmland Museum), and continue with a journey through the history of Dolores explained by some of its best known historical figures (in...

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Storm dropped 15 litres of rain per square metre in Torrevieja in half an hour

Streets flooded and traffic was affected but things returned to normal within hours   By the Proyecto Mastral The episode of unstable weather that has been affecting Torrevieja since Tuesday reached its height yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. This happened with a heavy storm which unloaded no less than 15 litres per square metre of rain, according to the data collected by the Mastral Project. After a cloudy morning and a few sunny spells, the sky darkened at about 5pm, giving was just before 6 to an intense downpour accompanied by an abundance of lighting. All that rain fell within half an hour at intensities that peaked at 160 litres per square metre per hour. Around the Vega Baja there were also heavy downpours, measuring 10 l/m2 in Orihuela and 14 in Rojales town centre. The streets of Torrevieja were flooded and started causing problems for traffic, although after the rain stopped at about 6:30pm the town returned to normality within a few hours. The instability was still evident on Friday morning but there was much less chance of rain and no further storm’s like yesterday’s are...

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A ‘Cumulonimbus arcus’ batters the Vega Baja

Thursday’s storm dropped up to 20mm of rain in some areas The storm over Orihuela – by MeteOrihuela As of October 20, 2016, the amount of rain to have fallen in Orihuela since January 1st has exceeded 100 litres per square metre. Fortunately for the Vega Baja area, what is usually the rainiest month of the year, is proving to be just that. October is the quintessential month for predominantly bad weather and when we usually ‘change the wardrobe’ in our area. The line of storms that dominated yesterday afternoon’s weather was active for many hours, affecting Albacete province and Murcia region before arriving here. An impressive ‘Cumulonimbus arcus’ batters the Vega Baja – which is a low, horizontal cloud formation associated with the leading edge of thunderstorm outflow – brought peaks of torrential rain and was at the same time unusual for the intensity of the electrical discharges within just a few kilometres. In Orihuela the maximum instensity of the rain was 110.8mm per hour at 5:25pm. From the start to the end of the storm the thermometer dropped by 4.9ºC (from 22.2ºC to 17.3ºC). In the city a total of 10.4mm of rain fell, with a maximum wind speed of 24.1km/h at 5:13pm. As can be seen on the graphic though, twice that amount of rain fell in Benijófar, where 21mm was recorded. Over the course of...

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Spectacular fire on a bus in Campoamor

Torrevieja fire brigade put it out and there were no injuries There was a spectacular fire on a bus owned by the Costa Azul company in Dehesa de Campoamor in Orihuela Costa on Thursday, which forced two units of the Torrevieja Fire Brigade to be mobilised to the bus stop on Calle Saavedra Fajardo. The fire, which was put out by the fire fighters, did not cause any harm to any people. The rain that afternoon dragged the dirt from the fire to the nearby Playa de la Glea. Civil Protection and maintenance workers went there to clean up the area and reestablish normal traffic...

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