STORM LAURA: More than 200 incidents reported and seven-metre waves forecast as Spain remains on severe weather alert

MANY parts of Spain are being lashed by strong winds, heavy rain and high waves today (Wednesday) as Storm Laura sweeps across the country leaving a trail of destruction.

Emergency services in Galicia, one of the worst affected areas, have already dealt with 200 incidents related to the adverse weather.

More than a hundred of the incidents were due to falling trees and branches, rocks and landslides on the roads and flooding.

Coruña was the worst affected province with 104 recorded incidents, followed by Pontevedra (84), Lugo (11) and Ourense with eight. The most repeated typology was the incidence on the roads caused by the fall of trees and branches (84) and also obstacles of stone and earth on the roads (25), as well as water bags on the roads (13).

Some localities have accumulated close to 100 litres / m2 of rainfall in a 24-hour period and it is hoped that the rains may help control the active wild fires burning in Cantabria and the Asturias.

Many fishing boats have remained in harbours as waves measuring 6-7 metres have been forecast by national state Met Office, AEMET.

Winds of 108.3 km/h have already been registered at Punta Candieira in A Coruña.

The following provinces remain on alert today:

Andalucía: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Sevilla

Aragón: Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza

Cantabria: Cantabria

Castilla-La Mancha: Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo

Castilla y León: Ávila, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid and Zamora

Cataluña: Lleida

Ciudad de Ceuta: Ceuta

Comunidad de Madrid: Madrid

Comunidad Foral de Navarra: Navarra

Comunitat Valenciana: Alacant/Alicante

Extremadura: Badajoz and Cáceres

Galicia: A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra

Illes Balears: Ibiza y Formentera and Menorca

La Rioja: La Rioja

País Vasco: Araba/Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa

Principado de Asturias: Asturias

Región de Murcia: Murcia

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