How the storm turned Malta’s roads into an obstacle course

How the storm turned Malta’s roads into an obstacle course

Updated Sunday 5.45pm

The wild winds that whipped across Malta from Saturday night turned the island’s roads into a veritable obstacle course. 

Uprooted trees, PV panels and even boats stood in the way of those brave enough to get into their cars.

Read: Gale-force winds cause substantial damage; public urged to stay indoors

Malta Public Transport said the storm had forced the closure of many roads, impacting all bus routes, with buses being diverted by the authorities. Delays are being experienced on all routes. 

Later on Sunday, MPT announced that all routes to Sliema and St Julian’s, which are among the areas worst affected by the storm, had been suspended. 

Transport Malta warned road users that the storm had damaged several sets of traffic lights and that motorists should proceed with caution. 

One video shared online shows dozens of dead fish washed ashore and into the street at Xemxija.

Dead fish washed onto the roads in Xemxija.Dead fish washed onto the roads in Xemxija.
Waves smash into police vehicles along the St Julian's promenade.Waves smash into police vehicles along the St Julian’s promenade.

According to the weather site Wind Finder, Malta experienced gusts of winds that are described as a “high threat to life and property”.

In a post on Facebook, Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg thanked civil protection officers and workers of Clean Malta and Transport Malta who were working to clear the roads from the obstacles.

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Driving through Sliema. Video: Dr Henning MartensDriving through Sliema. Video: Dr Henning Martens
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Tower Road, Sliema. Photo: Michael GaleaTower Road, Sliema. Photo: Michael Galea
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The road leading to Rabat.The road leading to Rabat.
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Xemxija. Photo: Jacqueline Van HunnikXemxija. Photo: Jacqueline Van Hunnik
Triq it-Tiben in Swieqi. Photo: Cristina MifsudTriq it-Tiben in Swieqi. Photo: Cristina Mifsud
This tree in Ta' Xbiex survived World War Two. Hopefully it can be saved, architect Edward Said said.This tree in Ta’ Xbiex survived World War Two. Hopefully it can be saved, architect Edward Said said.
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Attard.Attard.
Video: Fabio AufieroVideo: Fabio Aufiero
This tree, in Gori Mancini Street, Birkirkara, fell down at around 3.15 am. Photo: Sandra CrossleyThis tree, in Gori Mancini Street, Birkirkara, fell down at around 3.15 am. Photo: Sandra Crossley
Qui-Si-Sana, Sliema. Photo: Elly DegiorgioQui-Si-Sana, Sliema. Photo: Elly Degiorgio
Triq it-Tiben, Swieqi. Photo: Cristina MifsudTriq it-Tiben, Swieqi. Photo: Cristina Mifsud

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