UPDATED: Roads closed due to flooding, hail whitens north
The road leading from T'Alla u Ommu Hill to Salini is closed for traffic due to the heavy rain. Sources told di-ve.com that currently the road is flooded and not safe for traffic.
The Civil Protection Department has issued a storm warning and urged communters to avoid flooding areas following a sudden storm which has hit the Maltese islands bringing the country to a stand still as road flooded with water and hail stones.
North West Force 6 winds have hit the island at times reaching Force 7, bringing with them a cold front which resulted in heavy rain, hail and thunder. Lightning was also reported to be seen from various parts of the island.
The Met Office at the Malta International Airport said that although clear predictions cannot be made due to high flying clouds which are blocking the satellite's visuals of what lies beneath, the storm is expected to diminish in strength over the following two hours.
Residents of Mosta have told di-ve.com that currently there are several inches of hail next to the Jupiter roundabout, with car drivers having to stop in their tracks. Other localities have also reported a carpet of snow with a numebr of car owners saying that the inch sized hail damaged their vehicles. Residents in pembroke reported hail bigger than golf balls, whilst the heavy hail shatterd glass windows in Bahar ic-Caghaq.
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