23 Sep, 2021 @ 18:22
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WATCH: Storms hit southern Spain causing floods that turn streets into rivers

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STORMS hit parts of Extremadura and Andalucia on Thursday bringing torrential rain and flooding that swept away cars and caused huge damage to property.

The province of Huelva was the worst hit, activating a red warning, after experiencing 60 litres of rainfall in just one hour on Thursday afternoon.

Andalucia’s regional president Juanma Moreno said an emergency plan had been activated in response to the storms and commented on the sad fact that September in Andalucia meant moving from ‘fires to floods’.

Sevilla remains on amber alert where residents in the Sierra Norte in particular were warned to take precautions with heavy rain.

The Balearic Islands were also battered with storms for the third day, where flooding has closed roads in parts of Mallorca and Menorca.

Extreme weather has hit other parts of the peninsula with hailstorms in Toledo that turned the Plaza de Zocodover into a river.

Dramatic footage from Huelva in western Andalucia showed cars washed away in the town of Lepe.

Video shot from a drone showed how just how much of the town was waterlogged in the deluge.

Residents filming the deluge from their balcony in Lepe caught the moment a wall collapsed.

While other footage showed the underground carpark of a supermarket in the neighbouring town of Islantilla rapidly filling up with flood water.

Further north in the Extremeño town of Almendralejo, firefighters had to rescue a woman trapped by rising water from a newspaper kiosk.

Streets were turned into rivers by the torrential rain which was expected to continue into Friday.


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