Wheelie bins and motorbikes washed down the streets of Spain in floods and giant


Summer arrives in Spain… with wheelie bins and motorbikes washed down the streets in floods and giant hailstone storms (while Britain bakes in 27C sunshine!)

  • The brutal storm lashed the south-east region of Murcia
  • Scenes sparked nearly 30 emergency calls and left families trapped in homes

Wheelie bins and motorbikes have been washed down the streets of Spain as a brutal storm and flash flooding lashed parts of the country.

A storm ravaged the south-east region of Murcia as Britain enjoys 27C sunshine, with the Met Office predicting summer is well on the way to being hotter than normal.

In Spain nearly 30 emergency calls were made and some families were trapped in their homes because of flooding.

Wheelie bins were swept down a street in a torrent of water in the Murcian town of Moratalla and hailstones the size of golf balls also damaged crops in Caravaca de la Cruz.

Most of the 26 emergency calls registered were made from Caravaca, although in the nearby town of Cehegin firefighters had to rescue a family whose home had been struck by the flooding.

Flash flooding led to several wheelie bins being swept down a street in a torrent of water in the town of Moratalla, Murcia

Flash flooding led to several wheelie bins being swept down a street in a torrent of water in the town of Moratalla, Murcia 

In Bournemouth, scores of swimmers took a plunge in the sea to cool down on Wednesday as the south of England enjoyed another heatwave

In Bournemouth, scores of swimmers took a plunge in the sea to cool down on Wednesday as the south of England enjoyed another heatwave

The Argos River, which starts in Caravaca de la Cruz and runs through Cehegin before joining the Segura River, burst its banks at several points.

The health centre in Caravaca was also damaged by flooding.

Farmers and fruit workers said the damage to crops caused by the giant hailstones had been devastating.

In August last year a 20-month-old girl was killed by a huge hail stone around four inches in diameter and more than 70 others were injured by falling ice in and around the Catalan town of La Bisbal de l’Emporda.

Video also shows a motorbikes being carried away by the water in Moratalla

Video also shows a motorbikes being carried away by the water in Moratalla

A storm ravaged the south-east province of Murcia as Britain enjoys high temperatures

A storm ravaged the south-east province of Murcia as Britain enjoys high temperatures 

Most of those hurt are said to have suffered head wounds, cuts and broken bones.

Two holidaymakers died in a lightning strike on a beach in Majorca nine days later.

The victims, a Swiss man aged 65 and a German aged 51, died at a white sand cove called Cala Mesquida near Capdepera in the north-east of the island.

Tourists travelling to Spain were warned shortly before the beach tragedy that they could be caught up in rare Mediterranean hurricanes.

Hailstones the size of golf balls also damaged crops in and around towns like Caravaca de la Cruz

Hailstones the size of golf balls also damaged crops in and around towns like Caravaca de la Cruz

A housing complex is affected by the flooding in Murcia

A housing complex is affected by the flooding in Murcia

Muddy water surging under a bridge. The Argos River, which starts in Caravaca de la Cruz and runs through Cehegin before joining the Segura River, burst its banks at several points

Muddy water surging under a bridge. The Argos River, which starts in Caravaca de la Cruz and runs through Cehegin before joining the Segura River, burst its banks at several points

Farmers and fruit workers said the damage to crops caused by the giant hailstones had been devastating

Farmers and fruit workers said the damage to crops caused by the giant hailstones had been devastating

Experts said the risk of tropical-like cyclones called medicanes had increased with record heat waves affecting the UK’s favourite holiday destination and the rise in sea temperatures blamed on global warming.

Oceanographer and weather expert Yurima Celdran, a marine sciences graduate who went on to do a Masters degree in Meteorology, said at the time: ‘Higher Mediterranean temperatures provide a greater source of energy for medicanes and amplify their destructivity.

‘Sea temperatures this autumn are expected to be higher than normal and if the necessary atmosphere conditions are in place, it would not be unreasonable to think the Mediterranean could harbour a medicane this year.’

Torrential rain, terrifying lightning storms and flash floods in September 2019, which battered the provinces of Alicante and Murcia, claimed the lives of seven people.



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