Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a worker has a lucky escape as a tornado rips through a Spanish petrol station, causing objects to fly through the air and smashing the windows of the cafe.
The incident took place in the district of El Altet in the municipality of Elche in the Spanish province of Alicante in the early hours of Tuesday, 23rd November.
CCTV footage shows how the tornado causes objects to fly through the air and even smashes the windows of the petrol station’s convenience store and cafeteria.
The phenomenon took place during a cold drop, the term used to describe high-impact rainfall events that occur along the Spanish Mediterranean coast in the autumn.
Local media including Telecinco reported that the tornado was so strong that it even uprooted bollards. NIUS Diario reported that a hailstorm had hit Elche not long before the tornado.
The footage shows how a worker inside the cafeteria had a lucky escape as he just happened to be standing on the other side of the room from the windows when the twister ripped through.
He is seen taking shelter in another room as the large glass windows smash. The eatery is visibly left completely wrecked by the adverse weather event.
Telecinco also reported that damage to roofs and to several vehicles was also registered in El Altet, with many residents reportedly unable to sleep due to the noise of the howling wind.
Local media reported that the bad weather will continue throughout peninsular Spain and the Canary Islands throughout the week.
The change in weather has seen snow fall in the cities of Avila and Segovia, which lie close to the geographical centre of the Iberian peninsula.
Strong rains are due to continue on Spain’s Mediterranean coast.
The estimated cost of the damage caused by the adverse weather so far has not been reported.
In Spain, tornadoes do not exceed the F1 category (wind speeds between 73 and 112 miles per hour).