PINAMAR.- At 7:10 p.m. the sky of this city looked totally dark. A torrential rain began and then a wind vortex formed on the coast, generating a waterspout, a phenomenon that occurs in a similar way to tornadoes, but that when they touch land they dissipate. The scene was atypical because, although at first the wind was blowing from the sea towards the territory, it suddenly changed direction abruptly and caused damage to several houses, streets and in some areas the power line fell.
“Today there was a particular situation in the entire province of Buenos Aires. It was a low pressure system that was formed and these systems usually generate bad weather conditions, intense and persistent winds, heavy clouds and continuous rains” , Explain Cindy Fernández, from the National Meteorological System.
The expert adds that the winds today reached 60 kilometers per hour and a waterspout was formed, which did not become a tornado because it did not continue on land. “It is not a rare phenomenon on the coast, but it occurs on a recurring basis. It is formed by rotating air currents and they are always generated over the water because there is less friction than with the land.”
Fernández affirms that the meteorological alert remains orange today and until tomorrow morning, although it will decrease to yellow.
Lucas Ventoso, Secretary of Security of Pinamar, told LA NACION that the storm caused flooding, but that the streets drained quickly. “The dirt roads flood fast but drain fast. Many trees fell due to the wind and the weight of the wet leaves. A very strong typhoon passed that lasted several minutes.” The official added that due to falling trees, the power was cut off in many parts of the game. “They were minutes of a very intense wind and the fall of trees generated power cuts”.
The storm also hit the coast throughout the day. Today in the morning the images that arrived from Villa Gesell flooded before the serious storm began to circulate on social networks. To the flooding of the streets, the consequent cut of the electricity supply in the seaside resort was added. According to the SMN, the meteorological alert for heavy rains with occasional hail falls for this coastal town as well as for Mar de las Pampas, Mar Azul and Las Gaviotas. Accumulated precipitation values are estimated between 70 and 100 millimeters.
For his part, the head of Civil Defense of Mar del Plata, Rodrigo Goncálvez, recommended “staying at home” and explained to the newspaper La Capital of that city: “The orange alert is a moderate alert and implies having a little deeper tension ; It means that there will be hours when the weather is not going to accompany and can cause inconveniences “.
In addition, he said that the strong winds “can arrive in the form of gusts and can affect the coastal sector mainly” for which he warned that there may be falls of trees or problems with public lighting.
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