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Stormy weather returns to the Costa del Sol

Heavy rain quickly flooded streets across the Cosa del Sol on Sunday.
Heavy rain quickly flooded streets across the Cosa del Sol on Sunday. / Ñito Salas
  • Fifty litres per square metre of rain fell and around sixty incidents, including lightning strikes, were registered by the emergency services across the province on Sunday

An orange weather warning was issued for the province of Malaga on Sunday and resulted in 50 litres of rain per square metre falling during the morning and early afternoon and around 60 incidents registered by the emergency services, many of which were caused by lightning and gale force winds.

The moment lightning struck the top of a residential building in Malaga.

The moment lightning struck the top of a residential building in Malaga. / Carmen Ruiz

A man had to be rescued in Monda when he became stranded inside his vehicle in the El Casarín stream bed while in Yunquera, the rain caused a landslide, carrying earth and debris onto the road. The Los Llanitos and El Herrizo areas were cut off, affecting more than a dozen families for over three hours.

Lightning strikes

The majority of the calls to emergency services came from coastal areas where the winds caused branches to fall onto roads, property and vehicles, as well as causing damage to awnings.

Lightning also proved to be a problem with a bolt of striking the top of Hotel Playa in Marbella, causing a small fire. Luckily, the hotel, which is only open in high season, was empty.

Likewise in Malaga, a resident of the Portada Alta capture the moment when lightning struck the top of a nearby block of flats.

One resident said: "It gave us a massive fright. It missed our window by about 50 centimetres."