Greater Mendoza was affected after 4 p.m. this Wednesday by a tremendous hail storm that, in principle, was felt more in Godoy Cruz, Ciudad and especially in Guaymallén. Large stones caused trees to fall and traffic chaos. There was damage to the facilities of the Mendoza Plaza Shopping, which forced the evacuation of the shopping center.
In the accesses, many drivers sought refuge under the bridges to avoid the hailstorm and even in some sections only vans and trucks could circulate due to the amount of accumulated water.
As a consequence, the General Directorate of Schools (DGE) reported that, on the recommendation of Civil Defense, the teaching of face-to-face classes in evening and night shifts at all levels and modalities of the educational system for Greater Mendoza and the East zone was suspended this Wednesday. .
The measure covered the departments of Ciudad de Mendoza, Las Heras, Guaymallén, Godoy Cruz, Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, San Martín, Rivadavia, Junín, La Paz and Santa Rosa, due to the storm centers – still existing – and the damage caused in different parts of the province.
The National Meteorological Service had warned of the possibility of strong storms in several provinces, including Mendoza. The affected areas presented “isolated storms, some of them strong, accompanied by hail, abundant water falls in short periods, strong electrical activity and intense gusts, with accumulated precipitation values between 40 and 60 mm, which can be exceeded.”
Edemsa reported that as a result of the storm, interruptions in the electricity supply were reported in several areas of the metropolitan area. The most affected sectors are Guaymallén and the Fifth Section – City. There were also damages in Malargüe.
There were branches falling on the power lines and water seepage into the facilities. Edemsa personnel had to work to recover the service as quickly as possible.
Source: Newspaper One.