UPDATE: Planes grounded, hail and winds of 80 km/h in Valencia

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15:25 (November 12) – Valencia’s runway has been closed after being struck by lightning.

Flights are currently being diverted to other airports whilst authorities assess the damage according to news site EFE

14:22 (November 12) – The bad weather in the Valencia and Castellon provinces caused havoc today with as many as 15 planes grounded due to the weather.

With at least 150 litres per square metre of rain falling this morning, many areas have been flooded resulting in as many as 100 callouts for people to be rescued. 

The heavy rainfall has been accompanied by hail as large as golf balls and winds in excess of 80 kilometres per hour, bringing many parts of the region to a standstill. 

10:36 (November 12) – Videos posted online show major flooding in and around Valencia this morning. 

09:29 (November 12) – The Dana that descended on Valencia this week has resulted in the airport recording the most intense rain for a November and the third highest on record in Spain.

AEMET, Spain’s meteorological agency said on Saturday, November 12 that 66.1 litres accumulated in one hour in what they describe as torrential rainfall.

The highest rainfall ever recorded in Spain in one hour goes back to September 28 in 2012.

The heavy rainfall, hail and lightning that affected most of the Valencia region on Friday is slowly subsiding with only those coastal areas north of Castellon likely to experience continued heavy rainfall. Elsewhere the rain will begin to subside today. 

The last of the heavy rain to affect the city of Valencia caused major flooding and delays on Saturday morning according to weather site A Punt Oratge. Large hail stones and torrential rain have already left some parts with accumulations of more than 80 litres during the early hours of Saturday. 

After Valencia airport records torrential rain, the weather agency says that the cooler conditions that are normal for this time of year are set to remain in place now for the foreseeable future, bringing an end to the warm autumn weather.

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