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Torrential Rains Across Spain; Red Alert Issued

Spain has issued fresh warnings for the severe rainfall, which is anticipated to last until Monday. The red alert, the highest level in the three-tiered system, is in effect for Madrid, Toledo, and Cadiz. When an hourly rainfall rate of 60 millimeters is predicted, a heavy rainfall warning is issued.


 


Andalusia, Castilla y León, Catalonia, and Valencia are the three areas on orange alert, while Castilla-La Mancha, Aragón, the Balearic Islands, Murcia, the Basque Country, La Rioja, and the exclave city of Ceuta are on yellow alert, the lowest level.


 


Nine thousand six hundred people live in Alcanar, and the country's civil protection agency has ordered them to stay indoors. Given the intense rain, inhabitants were advised to take refuge in the higher levels of their homes.


 


Due to the excessive rain on Sunday, Madrid's mayor, José Luis Martnez Almeida, urged citizens to stay inside. Madrid emergency services answered three hundred twenty-two calls for assistance between 2 and 5 p.m. local time.


 


El Retiro, a well-known park in Madrid, and various tunnels and municipal buildings have all been shut down by the local administration. Emergency services will be strengthened, according to Almeida, to help those without shelter better.


 


The game between Atlético de Madrid and Seville, which was set to take place this evening in Madrid, has been postponed by the Spanish soccer league La Liga.


 


More downpour is anticipated. Therefore, Toledo's mayor, Carlos Velázquez, has urged citizens to use "maximum caution" and, if possible, stay home.


Train service between Valencia and Catalonia has been halted, according to Spain's Renfe railway operator. Currently, there isn't a substitute bus service. The traveler's right to a free change of plans for tickets purchased for Sunday has been declared by Renfe.


 


The AP-7 motorway between Tarragona and Castellón was also shut down for more than two hours by the severe downpours. Cádiz, Tarragona, and Castellón are the provinces that have been impacted the worst by the intense rain. In the north-eastern city of Alcanar, Tarragona, where 215 liters per square meter of rain fell in the previous 24 hours, people have also been warned to avoid needless excursions.


 


The slow-moving storm system, formally referred to as an upper-level isolated depression (DANA), is what caused the severe rainfall. Two persons were killed by the storm that slammed Spain on Saturday while canyoning in the Huesca mountains.


 


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