Girl aged 1 dies after being hit by huge hailstone
A supercell unloaded a great storm in the area that ended with the worst result. The alert remains for today.
As detailed by the Girona city council in the northeast of Spain, the deceased minor, aged just 20 months, suffered an impact on the head from a ball of ice falling from the sky and was transferred to the local Trueta Hospital, where this morning she was has confirmed to have passed away due to the injury.
Alert raised over killer hailstones
A woman was also transferred to the same clinical center, according to Catalunya Radio. Another 30 people have been injured by bruises caused by hailstone impacts. Some suffered head and limb injuries and others have had to receive stitches due to injuries caused by the ice.
The falling objects of nature have shattered the windows of numerous vehicles and have also caused significant damage to roofs and windows of some homes and businesses. The ice balls that fell were of a surprising size, some reaching 10 cm (4 inches).
Historic Barcelona hit hard
The area that is on orange alert today is the coast of Barcelona, especially early in the morning, where it is very likely (between 50% and 70% probability) that large hail will fall again.
“Be prepared. Take precautions and stay informed of the most up-to-date weather forecast,” experts warn. “Serious damage can be caused to people and property, especially those who are vulnerable or in areas exposed to the phenomenon.”
Heavy rains are also expected in the area, up to 20 mm per hour, so they ask the population to remain cautious.
The risk due to storms is expected in the around the Pyrenees, in Barcelona itself, as well as regions of Huesca, Lleida, Girona, and beyond.