RED ALERTS: Spain could see MAJOR flooding with up to 400mm (16 inches) of rain on east coast

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FLOODING: Firefighters in Castellon, Spain last night. Photo credit: Twitter / @SIAB_Castellon

EMERGENCY services have been inundated with calls has torrential rain has lashed Spain with three areas on RED ALERT for heavy rain again today (Friday).

The worst of the weather is expected in the areas Teruel (Aragon), Tarragona (Cataluña) and Castellon (Valencian Community) where it is forecast up to 400mm (16 inches) could fall.

Yesterday firefighters rescued at least 15 people from their cars across the province of Castellon, after flash flooding hit the region. The city activated its local flood emergency plan.

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Meanwhile, at Bioparc in Valencia the elephants got their trunks out and played in the downpour (see video below).

The Balearic island of Mallorca that was badly hit last week with 13 fatalities in flash floods remains on an ORANGE ALERT today.

On Saturday the situation will improve in the east while the south will take the brunt of the worst weather. In Andalucia the provinces of Almeria, Granada and Malaga (including the Costa del Sol) have ORANGE ALERTS for heavy rain – as does Murcia.

By Sunday the storms should have moved away and there are currently no alerts in place.

FORECAST: Friday, October 19, 2018. Source: AEMET
FORECAST: Friday, October 19, 2018. Source: AEMET
FORECAST: Saturday, October 20, 2018. Source: AEMET

Benicarlo (Castellón, eastern Spain)

Flooding in Benicarlo (Castellón, eastern Spain) last night, October 18/19. Report: @Kaesar14 TW

Geplaatst door Severe Weather Europe op Donderdag 18 oktober 2018

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