Hotel lightning strike and 15 families stranded by landslide as south of Spain lashed by torrential rain and thunderstorms

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SOUTH OF SPAIN BATTERED BY STORMS: 112 Andalucia have been flooded with calls across the provinces of Malaga and Huelva. Photo credit: Twitter / @ E112Andalucia

A HOTEL in Marbella has been struck by lightning as the Costa del Sol and inland areas of the provinces of Malaga and Huelva, that were on orange alerts for severe weather, are being battered by freak storms in the south of Spain.

The municipalities of Mijas, Coin and Ojen in Malaga province have seen the highest accumulation of rain in one hour – while the Guadalhorce Valley and Serrania de Ronda have been hit hard too.

The Spanish national Met Office, AEMET, says that the severe alerts will remain in place until 11pm tonight.

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A hotel in Marbella and a block of apartments in Los Corazones area of Malaga have been hot by lightening strikes.

A man has also been rescued from his vehicle in a swollen stream in Monda.

Civil Protection volunteers are also reporting that 15 families have been cut off by a landslide on a rural road in Yunquera.

The 112 Andalucia emergency control centre has been hit by a deluge of flooding incident calls with reports of Costa roads and tunnels impassible due to flooding.

The majority of calls have been taken in Estepona, Marbella, Fuengirola and Torremolinos.

The province of Huelva has also been hit hard with heavy rain in the municipalities of Isla Cristina, Punta Umbria, Minas de Riotinto, San Juan del Puerto, Ayamonte and Manzanilla.

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