Buenos Aires ‘supercell’ storm causes flight disruption, flooding, one death

Flights to and from Buenos Aires are on standby due to the squall. Aeroparque has lifted the alert but some flights are still affected

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

An intense storm blew across Buenos Aires late on Tuesday, disrupting flights, flooding houses and streets, and ripping roofs off buildings. 

This kind of storm is known as a “supercell,” according to the Argentine weather services, an unusual and potentially dangerous kind of storm characterized by ravaging winds.

In Recoleta, a 74-year-old woman died after being hit by a railing torn loose from a ninth-floor balcony by the wind.

Several flights to and from Buenos Aires were canceled, delayed or diverted on Wednesday morning. Red alerts were issued for Ministro Pistarini airport in Ezeiza and for Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires during the morning, but they were lifted by 11 a.m.

“Both airports are currently operating normally,” a spokesperson for airport operating company Aeropuertos Aerolíneas 2000 said Wednesday at 2 p.m. The status of all flights can be checked on the company’s website.

Rainstorms in Buenos Aires hit transport services hard last week, with severe flooding all over Greater Buenos Aires. It began raining again on Monday, and the weather forecast shows the downpour will continue throughout Wednesday. Hail is also expected.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN by its Spanish initials) issued an orange alert for Wednesday for Buenos Aires city, Entre Ríos and most of Buenos Aires province and Santa Fe because of the thunderstorm. This means they expect weather conditions that could be dangerous.

The orange alert means around 50 to 90 millimeters of rain are expected, with winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour.

Several neighborhoods in Greater Buenos Aires are flooded, and bus services may also be affected.


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