January 15, 2021

The cold drop in Valencia is reactivated and the rains continue in Andalusia

The cold drop in Valencia is reactivated and the rains continue in Andalusia



The rainy season that since last Thursday affects much of the Mediterranean coast begins to subside, although the cold drop has been reactivated in the Valencian Community, and in Andalusia there are three provinces on orange alert: Malaga, Almeria and Granada.

During the afternoon the alerts for cold drop in the Valencian Community have gone from yellow to orange and finally to red in the south coast of the province of Valencia, where the town of Tavernes de la Valldigna has been surprised by a waterspout that has left 221 l / m2 and numerous incidents.

From 7:00 pm, the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has decreed the orange alert in that area by rainfall of up to 120 liters per square meter in twelve hours and 40 hours in an hour, while in the north coast of Alicante follows the alert yellow by rains of 60 l / m2 in twelve hours and 20 in one hour.

It is expected that this situation will continue until 10.00 on Sunday.

Firefighters of Valencia has reported that from 16.30 hours they have begun to receive numerous notices in the locality – fourteen in just one hour -, especially to rescue people trapped in their vehicles and water drains in homes.

Emergencies of the Generalitat has indicated that they are closed to traffic five roads in the province of Castellón and four in the Valencia, and the Diputación de Castellón has reported that firefighters had to make up to 284 services for the rains, including the rescue of 71 people trapped in their cars.

The president of the Diputación, Javier Moliner, has announced the next approval of extraordinary economic aid for the municipalities that have suffered damages by the effects of the cold drop.

The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, today highlighted the attitude "absolutely responsible" of the citizens before a difficult emergency that has allowed to have finished without personal injury.

The Diputación de Castellón has reported that firefighters had to make up to 284 services, including the rescue of 71 people trapped in their vehicles.

During the last episode of cold drop and in the absence of verification of the final data, the town of Vinaroz Castellón has recorded the largest accumulation of rainwater in Spain in one hour, with 159.2 liters per square meter between 18 and 19 hours from yesterday.

In addition, the cold drop has left historical records in the Valencian Community, where, according to the Automatic Hydrological Information System of the Hydrographic Confederation of Júcar, in just four hours have accumulated 19.6 liters per square meter in Villalonga and 16,8 in Rótova, both in the region of La Safor.

On the other hand, the storm that has left this morning trapped some 300 passengers Talgo Barcelona-Cartagena, has moved in particular to Andalusia.

Until 16:00 hours, the largest quantities had been collected in Medina Sidonia (Cádiz), with almost 29 liters per square meter, in the town of Nerja, 26 liters, and in the Granada municipality of Dólar, 23 liters per meter square.

The rain has forced to cut the A-92 highway, at kilometer 79, in the direction of Malaga, at the height of Osuna (Seville) by the overflow of the Arroyo del Salado, and complicates the circulation on several secondary roads, with cuts in Garrucha (Almería)

There are also traffic courts in Oropesa, Torreblanca and Cabanes (Castellón) and in Binissalem, Porto Cristo, Artá ​​and Son Servera (Mallorca), reports the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT).

Civil Protection has deactivated the warning of the Inuncat plan due to rains shortly before 2:00 p.m., since the meteorological conditions in Catalonia have improved, although the flow of rivers and streams continues to be very high.

Also the province of Teruel is gradually recovering normality after heavy rains yesterday and the floods of rivers that cut some roads, leaving some thirty isolated and forced to rescue three others who had been trapped in their vehicles.

In Mallorca, the Sant Miquel torrent endured yesterday the flood caused by heavy rains with a contribution of water that raised the water level of the Albufera by about 40 centimeters, although the floodgates were opened, according to Emergency sources.

For tomorrow, the Aemet forecast a cloudy sky with precipitations in the extreme southeast of the peninsula, with storms in the southwest quadrant, west of the Central System and Malaga, locally strong in this province, which will tend to remit in the afternoon.

Storms will also be possible in other areas of the southern half of the peninsula, the Canary Islands and the west of the Balearic Islands.

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