Costa del Sol mops up after storm Filomena dumps 200mm of rain

Flooded roads on Friday night.
Flooded roads on Friday night. / ÑITO SALAS
  • More than 100 weather-related incidents were reported across Malaga province

Storm Filomena reached its peak in Malaga province on Friday, where it delivered heavy and continuous rain, as well as gusting winds and high waves on the coast.

More than 200mm of rain fell on some areas of the Costa del Sol and 120 weather-related incidents were reported.

In the most serious incidents a woman had to be rescued by a walker on the La Caleta beach in Malaga city while a driver was trapped in his vehicle by rising floodwaters in Estepona. He was eventually plucked to safety by firefighters who used a crane on a breakdown vehicle to reach him.

Flooded garage in Alhaurín de la Torre.

Flooded garage in Alhaurín de la Torre. / SALVADOR SALAS

Flooding after a heavy downpour in the centre of Alhaurín de la Torre dragged several parked motorcycles and street furniture down the street, where several homes and garages were also flooded.

Spain’s state weather agency, Aemet, recorded more than 200mm of rain in Estepona on Friday. The Sierra de Mijas registered more than 130mm of rainfall and Malaga-Costa del Sol airport saw 110mm during the day. Coín, with 90mm, and Marbella, with 75mm, were other highlights

The port of Malaga measured waves of almost six metres at the peak of the storm with an average of 3.5 metres.

In general the province was well prepared for storm Filomena after the Junta de Andalucía’s Malaga delegate, Patricia Navarro, activated the emergency risk of flooding plan at 11.46am.


Most of the incidents dealt with by the 112 emergecny services in the province were due to flooding of basements and homes, flooding on the roads and falling trees due to the force of winds with maximum gusts of 70 km/h.

At the airport, three services on the Ceuta-Malaga helicopter route were cancelled. On the railways, Renfe reported that the inclement weather caused some delays, since the AVE high-speed trains were forced to travel at a lower speed.

On Saturday rain is expected first thing in the morning and in the afternoon.

And on Sunday, weather forecasters have said there is a probability of snowfall at low elevations, of around 700-800 metres.