WEATHER UPDATE: Storm Helena hits Spain with hurricane winds causing flooding and traffic accidents

WEATHER ALERTS: A total of 44 provinces are under weather alerts today (Friday). Photo: AEMET and @policiaforal_na

STORM Helena has hit the Spanish Peninsula with extreme weather causing incidents all over the country.

A total of 44 provinces, except the Canary Islands, Cataluña, Zaragoza and Teruel, are under weather alerts today (Friday) for wind, coastal phenomena, rain or snow, according to Spain’s Met Office.

Pontevedra and La Coruña are on red alert, with waves possibly reaching nine metres.

Lugo, Asturias, Cantabria, Vizcaya, Guipuzcoa, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Murcia, Almería, Granada and Malaga are all under orange weather alerts due to strong winds and coastal waves.

The provinces of Castellon, Valencia, Alicante, Ceuta, Melilla, Cádiz y Huelva are on yellow ‘risk to life’ alerts for the same reason.

Orange alerts have been activated due to strong winds reaching 100kph in Pontevedra, La Coruña, Lugo and Almeria and yellow wind alerts for Orense, the remaining provinces in Andalucia, Castilla y Leon, Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, Álava, Navarra, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Extremadura, Ceuta, Melilla, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Despite rain hitting most of the country, Cadiz, Jaen and Malaga have been placed on yellow alert as they are expected to accumulate up to 40 litres per square metre in just 12 hours.

Snowfall warnings have been activated in Lugo, Orense, Leon, Zamora, Asturias, Burgos, Palencia, Soria, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca, Cáceres, Granada, Jaén, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Huesca and La Rioja.

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