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Severe thunderstorm and flash floods hit Portugal and Spain

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Severe thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rains continues to sweep Iberian Peninsula, as of November 1, 2015. Severe flooding claimed one life so far, in Algarve region, Portugal. The weather system is currently wreaking havoc across Spain, where severe flash floods are expected to follow, as well.

A big low pressure field has brought intense rainfall to the Iberian Peninsula, starting November 1, when the rains caused flooding across southern Portugal.

Big low pressure area visible over the Iberian Peninsula, November 2, 2015. Image credit: sat24.com via Meteo Europe

Torrential downpours have particularly affected the Algarve region where one person died, according to the Associated Press. The storm uprooted trees, swept the vehicles and flooded numerous roads across the region. 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rainfall was reported to accumulate in only a few hours, according to Meteoalerta.

Radar image of precipitation located over southern Portugal, November 1, 12:40 UTC. Image credit: Meteoalerta

The Albufeira town was hit the hardest, and both residents and officials participated in cleaning away the thick layers of mud, and pumping the flood waters out of local basements on November 2.

Algarve region flooded, Portugal, November 1, 2015. Image credit: Meteoalerta

Streets inundated in water, Algarve region, Portugal, November 1, 2015. Image credit: Rui Pedro via Severe Weather Europe

Over 1 300 lightning strikes were detected in southern Spain, between 20:04 and 20.34 UTC, November 1, according to Meteo Europe report, as the strong convective activity began to affect the area.

Flood in Albufeira, Algarve region, Portugal, November 1, 2015. Image credit: Tristan Dawson via Severe Weather Europe

The low pressure was reported to persist over the Iberian Peninsula, as of November 2, and torrential downpours are currently affecting southeast Spain, where a flash flood event was reported in Valencia earlier in the day.

Featured image: Flood in Algarve region, Portugal, November 1, 2015. Image credit: Rui Pedro via Severe Weather Europe

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