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Storm hits sports festival stadium, injures 5

 Contractors remove pieces of a scaffolding that collapsed due to strong wind gusts in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Saturday, July 17, 2010. The scaffolding...
 A scaffolding with a banner showing the logo of the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games is seen after collapsing due to strong wind gusts in May...
 A police officer instructs his subordinates to set a perimeter away from the site where a scaffolding collapsed due to strong wind gusts in Mayaguez,...
 A car is seen damaged after a scaffolding collapsed due to strong wind gusts in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Saturday,  July 17, 2010. The scaffolding with...

Puerto Rico Central American and Caribbean Games

Contractors remove pieces of a scaffolding that collapsed due to strong wind gusts in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Saturday, July 17, 2010. The scaffolding...

Puerto Rico Central American and Caribbean Games

A scaffolding with a banner showing the logo of the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games is seen after collapsing due to strong wind gusts in May...

Puerto Rico Central American and Caribbean Games

A police officer instructs his subordinates to set a perimeter away from the site where a scaffolding collapsed due to strong wind gusts in Mayaguez,...

Puerto Rico Central American and Caribbean Games

A car is seen damaged after a scaffolding collapsed due to strong wind gusts in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Saturday, July 17, 2010. The scaffolding with...

A waterspout slammed into the stadium where thousands of people were expected to gather for the inauguration of the Central American and Caribbean Games on Saturday, injuring at least five people and forcing officials to delay the opening ceremony.
The storm ripped down scaffolding workers were using to add final touches to the Jose Figueroa Olympic Stadium, toppling the metal onto cars below.
"At the moment we have information that give people are injured and the meteorologists have told us they expect two smiliar episodes during the afternoon," police Col. Francisco Carbo told The Associated Press.
He said the injuries were not serious, but officials evacuated people who had already arrived at the stadium which is close to the shore on Puerto Rico's western coast.
Felipe Perez, president of the games organizing comittee, said he was taken aback by the storm's strength.
"The wind was like something out of a movie," he said.
Competition in the games is scheduled to start Sunday and run through Aug. 2.


Updated : 2021-04-23 05:41 GMT+08:00