IN PICTURES: Spain’s Costa del Sol lashed by heavy rain as storm warning upgraded to ORANGE alert

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BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES: Some heavy rain and thunderstorms are on their way. Photo credit: Shutterstock

SPAIN’S State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has activated an orange warning for heavy rain on the Costa del Sol and Guadalhorce Valley in Malaga until midnight tonight with the remainder of the province remaining on a yellow alert.

Up to 30 litres an hour could fall in areas covered by the orange warning and up to 25 litres in the yellow alert areas.

To avoid accidents the 112 Andalucia emergency services control centre has recommended removing furniture and other objects from outside properties that can be carried away by the water.

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They have also reinforced that it is also advisable not to park vehicles or to camp in dry riverbeds, or on the banks of rivers, to avoid being surprised by a sudden flood of water.

They advise motorists to exercise extreme caution and, as always, respect the traffic regulations and never try and cross flooded areas by car, even if you know your route perfectly. The force of the current could easily drag the vehicle with it.

The emergency services caution that if you encounter a small pool of water, you should cross it at a low speed so that water does not splash the engine and stop it. Then it is advisable to check the proper functioning of the brakes.

In addition, travel at night should be avoided, since it is during these hours that the hazards are more difficult to detect.

In the case of an emergency they remind the public to call them free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year where multi-lingual operators can take your call.

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