Heavy rainfall washes away cars in Spain as emergency services are inundated with calls World News

Heavy rainfall in Spain has caused flooding strong enough to wash away cars, with emergency services inundated with calls from panicked residents.

Video circulating on Twitter shows floodwaters rushing along the road in Tarragona, Catalan, and in some areas, it is high enough to run over the top of parked cars.

In another clip, cars were washed down the road with water fast and strong enough to lift and move the vehicles.

The Meteorological Service of Catalonia reported over 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rainfall in the area on Friday, September 23.

Local emergency services said they have answered 759 calls for help this evening, with 460 regarding incidents involving the rain.

Of those calls, 473 were made from Tarragona.

Officials have warned that intense downpours would continue overnight and may be accompanied by strong wind, hail, lightning, and tornados.

Spanish press reported trains had been canceled and roads closed because of the rains.

Local festivities known as Santa Tecla were suspended on Friday evening – the first time it had been due to take place since the COVID lockdown.

In Barcelona, ​​some concerts related to the city’s biggest festivity La Merce – which started this Friday – have also been moved indoors due to the threat of heavy rain, overnight.

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