Storm causes traffic disruption in Spain's Catalan region

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-15 20:25:18|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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MADRID, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Storm Leslie caused disruption to road and rail traffic in the Catalan region in northwest Spain as it passed through the area on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning, the Spanish media reported.

A combination of heavy rain and high winds led to roads being closed, while services on the R1 and R2 regional railway lines were cut off as a result of trees falling onto the tracks and cutting the electricity supply.

The Spanish railway operator 'Renfe' informed on its 'Twitter' service that it would operate an alternative bus route until the damage was repaired.

Meanwhile 'Leslie' caused nine major roads across the region to be closed to traffic and the provinces of Barcelona, Girona and Lerida are still under an orange level alert for heavy rainfall, strong winds and high waves in coastal regions.

Despite gusts of wind measured at over 110 kilometers an hour in some areas, the effects of Leslie were less severe than expected in Spain. However, six people died in the south of France in floods provoked by rainfall of around 180 liters per square meter on Sunday night.

The storm had also caused serious damage when it made landfall in Portugal in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving 28 people injured and an estimated 300,000 without electricity supplies.