Winds have reached a substantial high in Malta starting at around 53 knots by 7am, that’s 98 km/h, according to Windfinder.
This is one of the strongest storms Malta has experienced in recent years according to the Meteorological Office, with a strong gale force gregale wind remaining in force for the rest of the day.
Following yesterday’s hail storm, the strong winds have caused several damages, with trees being uprooted and cars being smashed. The winds are also being accompanied by a substantial amount of rain, and this severe weather has caused the cancellation of the Malta Marathon for the first time since its inception over 30 years ago.
Several people have taken to social media to share images of the damage they have come across.
The public is being urged to stay indoors until the storm passes.
According to the Beaufort scale (used to measure the strength of wind) we are currently at a level 10; that’s only two levels away from a full-blown hurricane.