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Viernes 31 mayo de 2019 | Publicado a las 16:10 · Actualizado a las 19:24
Waterspout leaves 1 dead, 8 injured and a path of destruction in Chile’s second biggest city
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This Friday afternoon, a waterspout left a path of chaos and destruction in some areas of Greater Concepci√≥n, Chile’s second biggest city.

Strong winds and heavy rain swept the conurbation causing floods, blackouts, traffic disruption and severe damages in countless homes and buildings.

Also, eight people were injured and one other died, Bío Bío governor, Sergio Giacaman, confirmed. The victim was identified as a 70-year-old business manager.

According to reports, pictures and videos, gusts reached over 100 kilómeters per hour and torn down trees and power lines.

CGE electricity company estimated that approximately 50 thousand clients were affected because of the blackout, including Las Higueras Hospital in Talcahuano, one of the largest health facilities in the area.

Talcahuano mayor, Henry Campos, affirmed the most affected area was Brisas del Sol, where a casino is located. Winds stripped off parts of the building’s facade.

Brisas del Sol | Social media
Brisas del Sol | Social media

Also located nearby, portions of the roof at Mallplaza Trébol, a shopping center, collapsed. The administration decided to close for the day.

Mallplaza Trébol | Social Media
Mallplaza Trébol | Social Media

In Concepción, the police patrolled the city center after trees fell on top of cars and debris was piled up on the streets.

Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media

Due to the aforementioned, most universities and schools cancelled classes for the day.

President Sebasti√°n Pi√Īera also made changes to his schedule and announced a last-minute trip to Concepci√≥n along with the Home secretary, Andr√©s Chadwick, one day before his public address before Congress.

But after hitting Concepci√≥n, the storm moved towards the northeast into the √Ďuble region. Chile’s Weather Service issued an alarm to those leaving in and nearby the city of Chill√°n.

This happened just hours after a tornado ripped through Los √Āngeles, a city located to the south east of Concepci√≥n.

18 were injured, 22 homes were damaged and 12 thousand clients had no electricity for some hours.

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Brisas del Sol | Social media
Brisas del Sol | Social media
Brisas del Sol | Social media
Brisas del Sol | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Concepción | Social media
Mallplaza Trébol | Scial media
Mallplaza Trébol | Scial media

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