Holiday horror as tornadoes, floods and hail hit Spain

Tornadoes, hailstorms and flash floods have hit parts of Spain causing damage to power lines and travel chaos.

Heavy rain and hail turned parts of Madrid into cascading rivers while tornadoes ripped through a town near Malaga.

Flash floods and mudslides caused the closure of one of Madrid’s train lines, cutting off the Arganda del Rey district from the rest of the Spanish capital.

The water in Madrid was so strong that cars and objects in the streets were swept away by the strength of the current.

Fortunately, no one has been reported as injured so far.

One Madris resident told El Mundo: ‘The storm started around 6pm and only lasted about 10 minutes but has caused a disaster.

‘I have been living here for 20 years and have never seen anything like it.’

The day-long storm also caused flight delays while several major roads were closed.

Spain’s Met Office said it registered more than 9,000 bolts of lightning in six hours.

Hail stones were seen piled up on the pavements as cars navigated the flooded roads.

The tornadoes hit the town of Campillos, near Malaga causing damage to power lines and olive groves in the area.

Around 70 goats in a field were killed and several crops were destroyed.

A police spokesman said: ‘No one was hurt and the interventions were relatively minor for a storm of this magnitude – removing branches from roads and dealing with floods in garages, basements and commercial premises.’

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