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  HOME | Argentina

Powerful Storm Topples Trees, Wreaks Havoc on Traffic in Argentine Capital

BUENOS AIRES – The powerful winter storm affecting Buenos Aires toppled trees, powerlines and billboards, causing traffic jams across Argentina’s capital on Tuesday.

A weather advisory was issued for the region, where winds between 40 kph (25 mph) and 70 kph (43 mph) hit eastern Buenos Aires province, the River Plate and the city of Buenos Aires in the early morning hours.

The strong winds should ease by Tuesday night, the national weather service said.

The storm knocked down trees across the capital, blocking streets, damaging vehicles and tying up traffic, but no injuries have been reported, police told the official Telam news agency.

National and city emergency management officials urged residents to use caution while driving in the capital.

The bad weather led to school closings in a section of the coastal city of Mar del Plata, while the powerful winds destroyed the welcome sign at the entrance to the city of Villa Gesell.

A wind advisory was issued for mountain areas in the northeastern provinces of Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan and Mendoza, but it will probably be cancelled later in the day, the weather service said.

 

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