IN PICTURES: Spain’s east coast lashed by torrential rain, lightning storms and flooding

GANDIA: Spain's entire eastern coast has been placed on red, orange and yellow alerts Photo Credit: Radio Gandia

SPAIN’S east coast – including the Costa Blanca has been battered, in parts, by torrential downpours and storms.
The stormy weather, which began late on Wednesday evening, has continued through today with Spain’s Met Office, AEMET, recording 300 litres per sq m of rainfall in the Valencian village of Safor over a period of four hours.
Rain has also been reported across the Costa Blanca, with some mountainous towns in eastern Spain experiencing 200 litres of rainfall last night.
Emergency services in Alicante province received 69 calls regarding 50 weather-related incidents by 9am this morning.
One call out was between Alicante and Murcia to rescue a man who had been dragged into a stream in his vehicle.
The northern coast of Alicante province is expected to witness the worst of the severe weather with 40 litres per sq m of rainfall per hour predicted.
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