The Spanish Meteorological Department issued a red alert and advised millions of citizens to stay at home.
Spain’s meteorological department announced on Sunday that millions of citizens in the country should be careful and stay at home as much as possible due to the powerful storm and very heavy rains.
According to the reports of “Anatolia” news agency, there were floods in parts of “Valencia”, “Andalusia” and “Catalonia” and people were trapped in their cars. Now, the most dangerous weather conditions are expected to affect the cities of “Madrid” and “Toledo”. Both regions remain under red warnings for potential rainfall.
“The best way to stay safe is to stay off the streets,” Madrid Mayor Jose Luis Martínez Almeida announced on Sunday evening. “We are on the threshold of an unusual and exceptional situation.”
Many rail lines to Madrid and to the Mediterranean coast have been cut. In the Mediterranean Sea, many shipping lines have been closed, the most important of which is the port of Valencia. Meanwhile, Madrid has closed its parks and canceled its professional soccer matches.
Meanwhile, Sunday is the last day of summer vacation for many Spaniards. Heavy traffic of people returning to their homes combined with heavy rain has caused several accidents on major highways.
Forecasts indicate that parts of Madrid and central Spain could see up to 200 liters of rain per square meter over the next 24 hours. The previous quorum for Madrid was recorded in 1972.
Rain is expected to continue in Madrid until Monday evening. While Madrid and Toledo are under red warnings, much of southern and eastern Spain is under orange or yellow warnings for strong winds, heavy rain and hail. have.
The city of Soya, which has not seen a single drop of rain since early June, received 57 liters per square meter of rain on Sunday.