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Holidaymakers Evacuated Following Huge Storms In Tenerife

Holidaymakers Evacuated Following Huge Storms In Tenerife

A seaside block of apartments in Tenerife has been evacuated after huge waves crashed into the balconies.

People staying in the building in Mesa del Mar - a popular holiday destination for British people - have since been evacuated.

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The 40 foot high waves crashed into the third floor of the building, smashing windows, dragging cars into the ocean, and causing severe flooding.

The mayor of the town, Alvaro Davila, has confirmed that 65 properties - most thought to be holiday homes - have been emptied because of the severe weather.

Whilst nobody has been hurt, at least 39 people have been forced to evacuate their accommodation in Garichico on the island's north west side.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The waves became so strong that they smashed straight through the windows of a restaurant on the south coast of the island.

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Large parts of Spain have been suffering with extreme weather over the past few days. Dramatic footage has emerged that shows a hotel being struck by lightning. In the video, smoke can be seen pouring from the Playa Hotel in Las Chapas.

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A severe weather warning is in place across the whole of the Canary Islands.

The damage has been felt worst in the area of Garichico, where huge swells have breached the sea walls and caused locals to flee from the advancing water.

There have also been huge waves crashing through the front of buildings in the holiday town of Adeje, although it is important to note that nobody has been hurt.

Lots of people were evacuated from their homes at around 10pm on Saturday night. A second round of evacuations followed at 2am. That being said, many of the properties that are affected are holiday homes.

The extreme weather has caused many roads to flood and there have also been landslides reported in the Los Llanitos and Herrizo areas.

On the mainland, there has also been severe rain and flooding, with more expected in the coming days. This has meant that several schools have been shut in anticipation of further downpours.

Much of the east coast of the province of Valencia as well as the Costa Blanca is now on red alert and braced for torrential rain throughout the course of Monday.

There are also severe weather warnings in place in Cadiz, Malaga, and Huelva.

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Topics: Weather, News, Spain, Holiday

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]