IN a winter of unusual weather one of the most bizarre must surely be the whirlwind that destroyed parts of a cemetery in Pinoso on the Alicante- Murcia border. The meteorological phenomenon tore up concrete beams, uprooted headstones and caused various other damage to the cemetery. Some of the concrete slabs were thrown over 40 meters, giving an idea of the strength of the whirlwind which struck in the early hours of 5 March. The 120 metre square area affected was subjected to viciously spiralling winds of around 70 km per hour according to weather readings. However everything outside of this zone was completely untouched and luckily the time and location meant that no people were around at the time. The cemetery was closed for two days but has now been reopened although repairs are still on-going.