After a few days of relative calm following last week's rain, the wet weather returned in force to the Costa del Sol and Malaga province on Thursday and more heavy rain is expected for tomorrow, Saturday, 20 October.
On Thursday, up to 1pm, some 46mm of rain had fallen in and around Malaga city and the heaviest intensity of rainfall was measured in Estepona with 25mm in just one hour, Álora with 23mm and Marbella with 19mm on Thursday morning.
From midnight on Thursday morning to lunchtime, Aemet, the Spanish met office, recorded 2,400 lightning bolts along the coastline of Malaga and Granada provinces.
Fourteen flights had to be diverted from Malaga due to the electrical storm and there were 50 emergency call-outs including for trees that had fallen.
Near Torremolinos a brief tornado was spotted although no damage was reported.
Dry river streams became swollen in different parts of the province, with a car having to be rescued in Rincón de la Victoria and heavy water worrying locals outside Archidona.All reservoirs in the province were expected to have received a useful amount of water in the last few days.
While the rain is forecast to hold off on Friday, a yellow warning was in place for Saturday for the province, as in other parts of the Mediterranean coast.