Intense wet downburst and flooding in Zaragoza, Spain – July 11, 2018

A severe thunderstorm hit Zaragoza, northeast Spain in the afternoon of July 11. Severe winds caused damage, as trees fell and damaged and destroyed cars and property.

Lightning flashes over Spain in the second half of July 11 and first half of July 12. Map: Blitzortung.org.

Numerous thunderstorms hit northeastern Spain yesterday afternooon, as evidenced by over 25 000 lightning flashes detected over the region. Video reports from Zaragoza indicate an intense wet downburst. Wind gusts likely well exceeded 100 km/h.




Significant flooding and wind damage were also reported: