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Severe storms hit large parts of Spain

Severe storms hit large parts of Spain


Muddy street in Copisa, Toledo province
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Severe storms inundated large parts of Spain on Thursday: rivers overflowed their banks, roads turned into torrential rain, blackouts and countless floods, media reported, citing emergency services and regional authorities. Two vacationers from Germany drowned in Mallorca. No other deaths from the storm were initially reported.

She explained that 28 out of 50 provinces in Spain were affected by the storms, mainly in the east and northeast of the country. Countless roads and railways were closed and hundreds of people evacuated. In the coastal communities of Alcanar (Catalonia) and Aguilas (Murcia), cars were thrown into the sea by water blocks. There was already heavy rain on Wednesday. In Canar, according to official information, about 250 liters of water per square meter fell from the sky in 24 hours – 70 of them in half an hour.

The weather service Emmett said the situation would improve from Friday, but a yellow alert would remain in effect for several provinces in Navarra, Catalonia and Valencia. The blame was again on “Gota fía”. The “cold drop” phenomenon, particularly prevalent in the Spanish Mediterranean in September and October, is based on the extreme fluctuation of sea and air temperatures. It arises when the first deep Atlantic slopes push themselves over the warm Mediterranean with cool, moist air.

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