Buenos Aires: Thunderstorm floods streets, delays flights

Flight disruption is likely to continue throughout the afternoon

A thunderstorm in the early hours of this morning affected some 60 flights in Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza Airports, flooded streets, and knocked trees down in the Greater Buenos Aires Area.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) issued a yellow alert in the area for rain and thunderstorms, accompanied by gusts and hail.

In the skies

More than 35 flights in Jorge Newbery Airport and some 25 in Ezeiza Airport were affected, Télam reported.

In the Jorge Newbery Airport (Aeroparque), besides the postponed flights, those that landed had to stay on the runway until the meteorological situation improved.

Two landings were canceled by state-owned airline Aerolíneas Argentinas and one by Flybondi. Another 12 Aerolíneas flights were affected, including diversions and delays. Two take-offs were also canceled, and 15 flights departed late.

At Ezeiza, 23 flights were affected by the storm. Six Flybondi flights were delayed, and one was diverted to an alternative airport. Copa Airlines canceled one flight and delayed another.

A Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt had to be diverted. Air Europa flights from Madrid, ITA flights from Rome, Level flights from Barcelona, Avianca from Bogota, and Aerolineas Argentinas from Punta Cana were delayed.

Moreover, nine domestic Aerolíneas Argentinas flights will take off late from Ezeiza.

Weather conditions will slowly improve over the day, but due to the “domino effect,” the complications in flights will extend over the afternoon, sources in the SMN told Télam.

On the streets

Trees fell due to the storm in the neighborhoods of Palermo, Almagro, and Colegiales, causing traffic delays. There were also traffic delays due to the heavy rain and flooding of roads.

Twitter users also reported this morning the flooding of several streets in Greater Buenos Aires.

In the Buenos Aires suburbs, streets were flooded in towns such as Beccar, in the district of San Isidro, and Virreyes, in San Fernando, social media posts from locals showed.

In the western municipality of Lanús, several streets were flooded. Videos uploaded by neighbors showed how the accumulated water from the rains covered the sidewalks.

Residents of La Plata, Ensenada, and San Vicente cities also reported flooded streets on social media.


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