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Published Thursday, November 1, 2018
Nearly 2,000 tourists are being relocated on Menorca after their hotels were left without electricity or water as a result of a freak tornado.
Three-quarters of the Spanish island has been left without power for three days when pylons were brought down by gale-force winds.
Many hotels did not have their own power supplies so had to move guests to other parts of the island.
Sunday saw Spain battered by the tornado, just 48 hours after the country was blanketed by heavy snowstorms.
More than 38,000 homes were left without power for a whole day after the tornado ravaged the island of Menorca on Sunday.
The Menorca hotel association Ashome issued an update for locals and tourists today telling hotels with generators to continue as they are and have asked clients to pay attention to "consumption tips" so as not to use too much energy.
They said: "The customers housed in establishments without their own generators have been relocated to other accommodation in the Llevant area or to hotels with their own generators."
A spokesperson for Ashome said: "We appreciate the collaboration of all the accommodations that have hosted affected customers, unlocking even rooms already in the process of closing. Also, to all those who have opened their facilities to serve residents affected by the blackout."
Water supplies have also been hit but are due to be reconnected tomorrow. Mercadel and Ciutadella areas have been affected and tourists there have been moved to Mahon, Es Castell, and Sant Lluis.
Ashome president Luis Casals said: "We would be talking about a maximum of 2,000 tourists, it was already the last days, the hotels were already working on blocking rooms by October 31 and they had more or less each hotel a capacity of 30 percent or 40 percent as much."
A spokesman for the Balearic government said this evening: "At this time, the supply replenishment plan is underway in a coordinated way between Red Electrica and Endesa. "The activation of the service has been gradually made to minimize fluctuations in the system, but it is being successfully completed. However, at the moment the generators deployed on the island will remain.
"This joint effort by Red Electrica and Endesa has made it possible to move forward the calendar originally planned - Wednesday at noon - the replacement of the service."
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