A hailstorm left one of the runways at the Barcelona-El Prat de Llobregat airport inoperative this Thursday and forced several planes to divert, while causing widespread delays in operations.
The hail episode occurred between approximately 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and is complicating activity at the Catalan airport, although operators are working to remove hail from the runways and normality is expected to return in a short time, sources have reported. from the airfield.
The most affected runway is that of the sea, which has been completely inoperative for about 40 minutes, and the forecast is that it will begin to function progressively as the accumulation of hail is removed. The other two tracks have also been affected, although to a lesser extent, by the rains that have been registered throughout the Baix Llobregat region.
The hail that has fallen is being removed mechanically as the use of salt is not useful in this case, so the cleaning operation takes more time. The same sources have pointed out that there are less than half a dozen planes that were supposed to land in El Prat and that they have had to deviate to land at other airports.
Catalonia is on a yellow alert this Thursday due to rainfall of up to 20 liters per square meter in one hour on the Barcelona coast and due to snowfall in the Arán valley, in the province of Lleida, 5 centimeters thick in 24 hours between the 1,200 and 1,300 meters of elevation.
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