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[WATCH] Thunderstorm causes flight delays and traffic standstill

Thundery showers struck the Maltese islands again this morning, with warnings being issued to motorists to avoid low-lying areas

Amy Micallef Decesare
4 October 2017, 11:21am
This morning's downpour (Photo: James Bianchi/Media Today)
This morning's downpour (Photo: James Bianchi/Media Today)
Thunderstorm causes flight delays and traffic standstill
Thundery rain showers struck the Maltese islands this morning, with strong southeast winds.

Similar to the effect Monday’s thunderstorm had on the islands, many frustrated motorists were caught in the rain, in standstill traffic and students attempting to get to University and MCAST were stuck waiting at bus stops in the downpour.

A number of flights were also delayed, including flights from Niederrhein (Ryanair), Amsterdam (Transavia), Warsaw (LOT), and Manchester (EasyJet), due to arrive between 9 and 11am at Malta International Airport, were diverted to Palermo.

Delayed flights announcement, according to Malta International Airpiort
Delayed flights announcement, according to Malta International Airpiort
The Civil Protection department has issued a warning to motorists to avoid low-lying areas and steer clear of Mellieha’s main road, Triq Borg Olivier, due to there being damage as a result of the storm.

Damages to Mellieha’s main road, Triq Borg Olivier
Damages to Mellieha’s main road, Triq Borg Olivier