Five killed in Spain flash floods after tunnels filled in minutes, beaches washed away and cars swep

FIVE people have died after torrential rain, terrifying lightning storms and flash floods deluged south-eastern Spain  – amid tornado warnings in Majorca  In the latest tragedy a man was killed after his car became trapped in a tunnel that filled with torrents of water in a “matter of minutes” in Almeria  Cops called to the scene earlier today managed to rescue two of the three people inside the vehicle but the man could not be saved  Other stranded drivers also had to be pulled from flooded road tunnels in Pilar de la Horadada, in the region of Alicante  In another shocking road accident at least one person died after a torrent of mud and water engulfed road the A-92 in Jamula, Granada  The tunnel death came hours after a woman, 51, and her 61-year-old brother were found dead in an overturned car that flood waters had washed away in Caudete, south of Valencia  Then on Friday evening it was confirmed there had been a fifth fatality, a 58-year-old man from the town of Redován died after being dragged through the water when he left his vehicle and tried to cross a street  the man’s body was found at 8.15pm this evening in the area known as the Virgen del Remedio de Orihuela  Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said the country’s military emergency unit is now on the streets helping combat what is called a ‘gota fria’ (cold drop)  “A difficult and intense night,” he tweeted on Friday. “Some areas remain on alert amid torrential rains Sadly we are mourning a third victim in Almería.  “All my love to the families of those who have died and to all those affected by the weather Let’s step up the precautions.”  Parts of Majorca, including the south of the island and Sierra de Tramuntana are now on red alert after local officials issuing a tornado warning  Tourists are being urged to take care after Spain’s meteorological agency (AEMET) issued an “extreme risk” weather warning for the next 24 hours  The travel warning was issued for the regions of Murcia, Almeria, Valencia and Alicante  “Flash floods may occur and could cause disruption and delays to transport services,” warned the UK Foreign Office  Tens of thousands of Brits travelling to and from Spain are also facing serious disruption as the rain and gale-force winds hit holiday flights, forcing the closure of a number of airports  Palma airport in Majorca has only just been reopened after being paralysed by the storms for more than an hour  Ibiza airport was also affected by the storms and at one stage, Almeria airport on the mainland was also closed  Murcia’s international airport also had to close and has yet to reopen while Alicante airport was hit by massive delays  Around 60 people had to be evacuated after becoming trapped at a nearby campsite in the beautiful coastal area of Cabo de Gata  Many foreign tourists are understood to be among those affected. Those rescued have been taken to a council building in nearby El Toyo  Almeria Airport was also closed and schools in nine municipalities in the province of Almeria, including its capital city, shut until Monday  The situation remains critical in the province of Alicante further north and other areas of the Costa Blanca, a favourite of British holidaymakers and expats  The Segura river burst its banks in the town of Orihuela, leading to local police warning those living in low-lying areas near the river needed to be evacuated urgently  Residents in the ex-pat community of Torrevieja were even warned to weigh down heir cars to stop them being washed away by torrents of water  Tourist beaches long the Alicante coast have also been washed away by the shocking downpours  Several main highways including the AP-7 motorway near the town of Pilar de la Horadada and a large stretch of the N-332 road, were closed to traffic  Local reports said several cars were trapped on the AP-7 near the town of Cartagena with drivers sat on the tops of their vehicles as they wait for help to arrive  Regional health officials have launched an urgent appeal for blood donors after admitting the bad weather could lead to shortages

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