One-year-old girl is killed by 4in HAIL STONE in horror storm in Spain

One-year-old girl is killed by 4in HAIL STONE as horror storm in Spain leaves 30 people with injuries including broken bones

  • Toddler was struck by the stone near the Catalan town of La Bisbal de l’Emporda
  • She was rushed to Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona Tuesday, but died hours later
  • A woman remained in the same hospital on Wednesday because of her injuries 
  • Most of the other 28 people who needed medical treatment are said to have suffered head injuries or cuts from the ice, as well as broken bones

A one-year-old girl has died after being hit by a huge four-inch hail stone during a horror storm in Spain.

The toddler was one of 30 people hurt after receiving direct impacts from hail stones in and around the Catalan town of La Bisbal de l’Emporda.

She was rushed to Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona on Tuesday afternoon but died hours later.

A woman remained in the same hospital on Wednesday because of the injuries she suffered in the devastating hailstorm.

Most of the other 28 people who needed medical treatment are said to have suffered head injuries or cuts from the ice that needed stitches as well as broken bones.

A one-year-old girl has died after being hit by a huge four-inch hail stone during a horror storm in Spain. The toddler was one of 30 people hurt by the hail stones (pictured)


Left: A person holds up two large hail stones that fell in the Spanish region, smashing a car window. Right: A large splash is seen in a swimming pool caused by a huge hail stone


Many cars were damaged by the tennis ball-size stones. Pictured: Damage to windscreens caused by the huge hail stones in Spain

Many cars were also damaged by the tennis ball-size stones. 

Catalan weather chiefs said the hailstones that fell in the area, near the tourist city of Girona close to Spain’s border with France, were the largest in twenty years.

The nationality of the toddler who died, and where exactly she was when she was hit by the hailstones that killed her, is not yet known.

The deadliest-known hailstorm in history was the one that lashed the Indian city of Moradabad in 1888.

Nearly 250 people were killed after being hit by hail the size of oranges.

The record for the largest hailstone is one that fell in Vivian, South Dakota in 2010.

It weighed around 878 grams and measured nearly eight inches in diameter.

The toddler was one of 30 people hurt after receiving direct impacts from hail stones in and around the Catalan town of La Bisbal de l’Emporda (pictured)

A woman remained in the same Josep Trueta Hospital (pictured) on Wednesday because of the injuries she suffered in the devastating hailstorm

Tourists travelling to Spain were warned earlier this month they could be caught up in rare Mediterranean hurricanes.

Experts said the risk of tropical-like cyclones called medicanes had increased with this year’s record heat waves affecting the UK’s favourite holiday destination and the rise in sea temperatures blamed on global warming.

Oceanographer and weather expert Yurima Celdran, said: ‘Higher Mediterranean temperatures provide a greater source of energy for medicanes and amplify their destructivity.

‘Sea temperatures this autumn are expected to be higher than normal and if the necessary atmosphere conditions are in place, it would not be unreasonable to think the Mediterranean could harbour a medicane this year.’

Torrential rain, terrifying lightning storms and flash floods in September 2019 which battered the provinces of Alicante and Murcia, claimed the lives of seven people.

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