A strong and unexpected waterspout fell this Thursday on Buenos Aires, causing flooding in some neighborhoods of the Argentine capital and its metropolitan area, blackouts, delays and cancellations of several flights scheduled at the Jorge Newbery Airport and the interruption of service at several stations. of subway.
Around 1:00 p.m. local time (16:00 GMT), rain began to fall on the Argentine capital, where very high temperatures have been recorded for more than a week.
The episode It lasted just under an hour.
According to the Government of Buenos Aires, in some neighborhoods of the city More than 60 millimeters of water fell in one hour.
The rain affected several areas of the capital, which were flooded by water, dragging garbage containers, vehicles and elements of street furniture, as can be seen in several videos published on social networks.
The Argentine media also reported on collapses at construction sites and flooding in tunnels, underpasses and soccer stadiums. According to the companies in charge of the distribution and commercialization of electrical energy in Buenos Aires and its periphery (Edenor and Edesur), almost 90,000 people remain without supply.
Train service on several metro lines was affected by heavy rains, according to local authorities in Buenos Aires.
On the official website of the Jorge Newbery Airportthe second most important in Argentina, several flights are listed as ‘delayed’ or ‘cancelled’.
Although the waterspout has now stopped, local authorities continue to recommend the greatest possible caution to its inhabitants.
According to the early warning system of the National Meteorological Service of Argentina (SMN), the situation in the capital does not motivate any rain alert for the next three days.
On the other hand, extreme temperatures – above 40 degrees Celsius – will continue to affect the northeast and center of the country, including Buenos Aires, where the red level due to heat remains in force.