Update 6: Storm news, Police advise caution on the roads, buses affected
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Update with photos: The Police are warning the public to exercise caution on the roads due to the current weather conditions, and avoid low-lying areas, with rain and strong winds have been sweeping across the Maltese islands since yesterday afternoon, causing damage with falling walls and uprooted trees.
Some areas across Gozo have been without power for many hours. Enemalta said that it aware of the faults on Gozo and Malta caused by the storm and are working to rectify them.
Malta Public Transport has said that the Cirkewwa Terminal is temporarily closed and routes are terminating at Ghadira, and following damage caused by a storm, many roads are closed. This is affecting all bus routes, with buses being diverted by the authorities. Delays are being experienced on all routes.https://www.facebook.com/Gozo-Channel-Operations-Limited-561379183990620/
The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana has thanked Gozo Channel and its employees for a continuing ferry service despite the stormy weather, any changes to the schedule will be notified on its facebook page.The Ministry for Gozo has said that due to the current weather conditions, the public is being informed that the Gozo Sports Complex, the Villa Rundle Gardens and St Mary’s Cemetery are currently closed for safety reasons until further notice. To keep updated please see the MyGozo facebook page.
Any dangers or damage to public infrastructure around Gozo (roads, retaining / boundary walls in main roads, trees etc) can be reported via sms or voice call on +356 7989 0019. The Gozo Minister also thanked all employees from the various departments and entities, who together are coordinating the work required resulting from the storm damage around Gozo.
The Gozo Football Association has announced that due to the bad weather and damage sustained at the Gozo Stadium all matches are being postponed until further notice.A gust of 99.8km/h – force 10 – was recorded early this morning in Victoria. The Met Office said that today we should expect more rain, possibly with hail, the northeast wind will reach gale, to severe gale force over the Maltese Islands. slowly start to decrease overnight. It also noted that this was one of the worst storms that Malta and Gozo had seen.
Nadur Local Council has said the Organised Carnival that was due to be held this afternoon has been postponed to Thursday evening, starting at 5pm in the main square.
Photographs by Alain Salvary of Marsalforn getting the full force of the storm today