A powerful wind- and rainstorm in central Argentina, including this capital, caused rivers to overflow, damaged homes and resulted in power outages and traffic chaos.
One of the areas most affected by the bad weather on Wednesday was the town of Bragado, in the northwest-central portion of Buenos Aires province, where winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour tore the roofs off houses and left many neighborhoods without electricity.
Another of the areas hardest hit by the storm was the corridor in which Avellaneda, Lanus, Lomas de Zamora and Quilmes are located, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where rivers and creeks overflowed and trees were knocked over, along with areas along the Lujan River, where the water continues to rise.
At least 14 flights were cancelled at Ezeiza airport on the outskirts of the capital, and another 15 were cancelled at the metropolitan Jorge Newbery airport, while dozens more were delayed, according to airport authorities consulted by Efe.
According to the National Weather Service, or SMN, a storm alert is in effect up until 2 p.m. in Buenos Aires and other parts of the same-named province, as well as in the central province of Entre Rios and the southern provinces of Cordoba and Santa Fe. SMN meteorologist Miriam Andrioli told Efe that during the 16 hours it has been raining without letup in the capital 134 mm (5.3 inches) have fallen, although the average rainfall for all of October is just 119 mm (4.7 inches).