ALICANTE – Firefighters were busy in the provinces of Alicante and Almería, among others, due to the effects of heavy waterspouts. Several people had to be rescued from their cars in Torrevieja. There were also floods in homes.
In Alicante, there have been up to fourteen interventions in different locations, mainly in Torrevieja. There were four actions to bring vehicles with their drivers and occupants to safety and another three for flooded homes. This was reported by firefighters on Tuesday morning. The interventions in Torrevieja were carried out on Monday between 8.18 pm and approximately 11.00 pm. According to the same sources, many people were still in their cars at the time when the torrential rains fell.
The rest of the firefighting actions were concentrated in La Algueña (also Alicante) due to the following;
- a car being dragged through the water, in Mutxamel because
- the loosening of a building’s cornice and to clear the public road, in Busot
- a flooded garage, in Guardamar del Segura
- also at sunrise in Alcoi and La Nucia there were floods and leakages
According to sources from the provincial fire brigade, only material damage has been caused to vehicles, public roads and some homes.
In the province of Almería, there was an intense downpour in Macael and Olula del Río. The storm also hit several places in the province of Seville and the Sierra de Cazorla in the province of Jaén.
The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) activated the following warning in several parts of the country on Tuesday:
- Orange alarm in the Balearic Islands, due to a significant risk of heavy rain: up to 50 litres per square metre in one hour and up to 100 l/m² collected in 12 hours.
- Andalucia has triggered code yellow (risk) across the community due to rain and storms with a total rainfall of 25 litres per square metre in one hour.
- In Catalonia, only the province of Tarragona has a yellow warning for rain in amounts of 30 litres per square metre in an hour at points along the coast, even 40 litres here and there, and with a persistent character.
- On the east coast, the region of Murcia has a yellow warning in inland and northwest areas due to rains of up to 20 litres per hour.
- In the Valencian Community, all provinces remain yellow because of the rain in quantities of 20 to 40 litres per hour.
- The autonomous city of Ceuta gets code yellow because of rain and storms. Here, up to 25 litres will fall in one hour.
- Code orange (important risk) applies to almost all Balearic islands, except the northeastern coastal strip on Mallorca, which gets yellow.