BUENOS AIRES – A powerful storm packing heavy rain, strong winds and hail on Monday affected the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, where windgusts damaged homes and cut electric service and telephone wires, but no fatalities have been reported so far.
The storm, with windgusts up to 140 kph (87 mph), mainly affected the city of Chivilcoy, 164 kilometers (102 miles) west of the Argentine capital.
“It’s an unusual phenomenon, unexpected. We only had a warning 10 minutes before (the storm struck). A strong wind blew that I’ve never seen in my life in Chivilcoy, which today is devastated,” the city’s mayor, Anibal Pittelli, told local media.
The mayor said that about 50 homes lost their roofs and electricity and telephone landline service were cut, not to mention uncounted trees downed all over town.
Pittelli said that so far no fatalities have been reported but several people were slightly injured.
Another city affected by the storm was Junin, 360 km (223 miles) from Buenos Aires, whose mayor, Mario Meoni, told local media that a “very violent storm, with windgusts exceeding 100 kph (62 mph), with very intense rain” had hit the area.
Meoni said that “no victims of any kind” had been reported in Junin, but there are a “large quantity of fallen trees, which cut streets and electric wires” and the roofs have been blown off of some houses.
The powerful storm also affected – albeit to a lesser degree – other towns in the province, as well as the city of Buenos Aires itself.