Spain: In the early hours of Saturday, high winds caused a portion of a stage at a dance music festival outside of Valencia, Spain, to collapse, leaving one person dead and numerous others hurt, according to local emergency services.
The Medusa Festival, a massive electronic music festival held over six days in the east coast town of Cullera, south of Valencia, was battered by gusts that also caused damage to other infrastructure.
Regional emergency services tweeted that of the injured, three had serious trauma injuries and 14 had more minor wounds. 40 people were treated, according to later statements from regional health authorities.
The event's organisers posted a statement on the festival's Facebook page saying, "We are completely devastated and saddened at what happened this morning.
They claimed "extraordinary" weather had damaged a variety of festival-related infrastructure.
In order to ensure the safety of festivalgoers, staff members, and artists, management was forced to make the quick decision to evacuate the concert area at around four in the morning, according to organisers.
They added that the festival had been put on hold temporarily.
Images of violent wind gusts hammering against people's tents in the middle of the night were broadcast by the national broadcaster TVE.
We were only 30 metres away, which has left us in a state of shock (from the stage). According to Jesus Carretero, who attended the festival with his brother, "It could have been me, it could have been anyone."
Alicante airport in the Valencia region recorded wind gusts of 82kph (51 mph), according to the national weather agency AEMET, during the course of the previous night.