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Severe storms and flooding continue to batter northern Spain


Severe storms, including intense rain and hail, have been affecting northern Spain over the past 10 days, causing widespread flooding that led to hundreds of incident reports. On Monday, June 14, 2021, emergency services reported 54 weather-related incidents in a three-hour period in La Rioja, most of which involved people trapped in floodwaters. 

On Saturday, June 5, heavy rain, hail, and strong winds lashed Pozoblanco, Cabra, and Bujalance in the province of Cordoba, with some houses engulfed by floodwaters.

Heavy rains continued into the next day, June 6 when around 70 mm (3 inches) of rain fell within just two hours, flooding areas in Tomelloso, Castile-La Mancha. 140 weather-related incidents were reported to authorities. 

Between June 5 and 6, the Emergency Coordination Center of the Region of Murcia attended to a total of 61 incidents.

The worst-hit areas were Yecla with 15 incidents, Molina de Segura with 13, Murcia with 9, and Jumilla with 7.

A powerful storm wreaked havoc in Ourense on Sunday, June 13, leaving a path of destruction. Authorities received hundreds of reports about flooded areas, uprooted trees, and damaged properties, describing the storm as the worst to hit the province in recent years.

According to Meteo Galicia, 16 mm (0.62 inches) of rain fell in just 10 minutes and wind gusts reached 76 km/h (47 mph), which was a historical record.

Severe weather continued into Monday, June 14, particularly affecting the province of La Rioja. SOS Rioja reported 54 incidents in a three-hour period, mostly in places between Haro and Logrono. 

In Navarrete, emergency services rescued a driver trapped in the flood as waters blocked roads in Briones and Urunuela.

In Ezcaray, 31.1 mm (1.2 inches) of rain was registered, while in Haro and Najera, 19 mm (0.7 inches) fell, along with wind gusts of more than 70 km/h (43 mph).

Among the worst-hit areas was the town of Fuenmayor, where two rivers burst their banks, damaging roads and buildings. 

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