BRITS in the holiday hotspots of southern Spain are facing a washout as the severe weather which lashed the Balearic islands hits the mainland.
Spain’s forecaster has issued a red weather alert for the Costa Blanca around Benidorm and Alicante after Majorca was hit by severe rain, hail and a tornado.
Aemet says its red alert warnings mean there is a “high level of risk for the population”.
The forecaster is predicting up to 8in of rain will fall over 12 hours beginning at 6am tomorrow morning and there is an up to 70 per cent chance of extreme storms.
The adverse weather conditions that affected the north-east of Spain earlier this week moved on to the eastern region of the Balearic Islands, causing power problems and flash floods.
Having just returned to school after a lengthy summer break, students in 19 municipalities across the islands learned that their classes have been suspended due to the storms.
The weather conditions also produced a huge waterspout that was filmed approaching the coast of Raco de s’Arena in the south of Majorca.
Videos show the waterspout spiralling towards the coast while attached to a dark brooding cloud.
Another clip shows tables and chairs moving along a flooded public square.
But one Brit holidaymaker managed to make the most of the weather, using his lilo to paddle down a flooded road.
Ibiza remains on orange alert as more storms are expected over the coming days.
Waterspouts have a five-part cycle starting with the formation of a dark spot on the water surface, then a spiral pattern.
This is followed by the formation of a spray ring and then the funnel, before finally disappearing.
They take place over water while tornadoes occur over land. In rare cases, a waterspout will continue moving onshore where it technically becomes a tornado.
The end of August saw Ibiza, Majorca and the Spanish capital Madrid hit by severe weather.
Roads in the capital Madrid became cascading rivers after heavy rainfall.
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The water was so strong that cars and objects on the street were swept away by the strength of the current.
A driver was forced to swim for her life after her car became engulfed by flood water following torrential rain in Majorca.
Neighbouring Balearic island Ibiza was also hit by the deluge with Brit holiday makers forced evacuate hotel rooms by flooding.
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