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Storm Lola leaves a trail of destruction on Costa del Sol beaches

Debris is washed up on Costa del Sol beaches and promenades.
Debris is washed up on Costa del Sol beaches and promenades. / ÑITO SALAS
  • Benalmádena, Torremolinos and Malaga beaches have reported some of the worst damage. Forecasters are predicting more "strong and persistent" rainfall on the coast, as well as the Strait of Gibraltar and the western half of Andalucía

Beaches along the Costa del Sol took a battering from storm Lola, which brought heavy rain, high winds and rough seas to the coast at the weekend.

The Atlantic storm is still hanging over the south of Spain and will continue to bring instability to the weather, with more heavy rainfall, likely in the coming days according to forecasters.

This Monday, the state weather agency, Aemet, has issued a yellow weather warning for the Serranía de Ronda, between 12 noon and 8pm, which could see 15mm of rain fall in one hour. Weather experts are also predicting “strong and persistent” rainfall on the coast, as well in the Strait of Gibraltar and the western half of Andalucía.

At the weekend, beaches along the Costa del Sol suffered from the effects of the storm with beaches in Malaga, Torremolinos and Benalmádena being pounded by Lola.

Víctor Navas, the mayor of Benalmádena, described the damage to the town's beaches as "substantial" and called on the Junta de Andalucía and central government for "solutions now".

Debris is washed up on Costa del Sol beaches.

Debris is washed up on Costa del Sol beaches. / ÑITO SALAS

"The need to build barriers to protect our beaches is vital. We need solutions now - we can't wait any longer."

Beach bars

The Los Cangrejos chiringuito, one of the most distinctive in Benalmádena, reopened its doors last weekend for the first time since they decided to close in September last year. Now, after just a few days of opening, they are forced to close again because of the storm that has washed away much of the establishment.

It has been years since we suffered such great damage. The storm has eaten away two metres of sand and it has taken away part of the bar and toilets, in addition to the walkways and the awnings," said Andrés García, who estimates that it will take at least two weeks to repair the damage and get the business back trading again.