Storm Batters The Spanish Mediterranean Coastline Coinciding With Climate Summit in Madrid COP25

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THE COLD DROP raged through Murcia coinciding with the celebration of the Climate Summit in Madrid, the COP25. The heavy rains affecting south-eastern Spain in recent hours have caused flooding in towns such as Los Alcázares, which already suffered a historic blow due to this meteorological phenomenon last September.

According to AEMET, the orange alert applied yesterday Tuesday throughout the region of Murcia will drop to yellow today (Wednesday).


The DANA or cold drop, a relatively frequent meteorological phenomenon in the Mediterranean, is also the protagonist of current events in the south of France, where at least six people have lost their lives due to flooding. Three were swept away amidst strong currents. The other three were members of a rescue team who died on Sunday when their helicopter crashed during a mission.

The storm has left up to 100 litres per square meter in an hour in several places along the Mediterranean coastline

The most intense rains have fallen in Murcia and Almeria.

Today, Wednesday, the most affected areas will be Comunidad Valenciana, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

Four days of torrential rain and strong winds will begin to subside as of tomorrow Thursday affecting the same areas that in September suffered the worst cold drop in 140 years.

As of today, Wednesday, according to the State Agency of Meteorology (Aemet) the “instability moves north” and the most affected areas will be in the area of Valencia, eastern Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. In the early hours of Thursday, the the rainfall will be continue to high in the north-east of Catalonia, but it will tend to subside.

The wind is another of the protagonists of the storm. Strong gusts are being registered in Galicia and very strong in the Levante, with peaks of 92 kilometres per hour in Cabo de Gata (Almería), 82 in San Javier and 80 in Águilas (Murcia). The strong winds may lead to waves of up to four meters on the coastal areas of Almeria to Valencia.


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