Portugal Storms Tear Roof Off Of Faro Airport (PHOTOS)
LISBON, Portugal -- Authorities say a nighttime storm tore part of the roof off Faro airport in Portugal's southern Algarve region, injuring five people and causing flight disruption.
Officials say roof panels over the check-in area of the departure terminal peeled off when the storm hit at around 5 a.m. Monday.
Local media said hundreds of passengers were stranded at the airport as authorities canceled or delayed departures and diverted incoming planes.
Workers walk in front of the damaged building of Faro airport. (AP Photo/Luis Miguel Ferreira)
Reports said damage to the airport structure meant cafes and restaurants did not open, leaving waiting passengers without food or drink.
Passengers crowd the Faro airport after flights were delayed. (AP Photo/Luis Miguel Ferreira)
The Algarve is Portugal's main vacation destination and one of Europe's most popular. Faro airport handles more than 4 million passengers a year.
Sunlight comes through the torn roof in the check-in area. (AP Photo/Luis Miguel Ferreira)