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Five killed in Spain flash floods after tunnels filled in minutes, beaches washed away and cars swept down streets

FIVE people have died after torrential rain, terrifying lightning storms and flash floods deluged south-eastern Spain  - amid tornado warnings in Majorca.

In the latest tragedy a man was killed after his car became trapped in a tunnel that filled with torrents of water in a "matter of minutes" in Almeria.

Cops called to the scene earlier today managed to rescue two of the three people inside the vehicle but the man could not be saved.

Other stranded drivers also had to be pulled from flooded road tunnels in Pilar de la Horadada, in the region of Alicante.

In another shocking road accident at least one person died after a torrent of mud and water engulfed road the A-92 in Jamula, Granada.

The tunnel death came hours after a woman, 51, and her 61-year-old brother were found dead in an overturned car that flood waters had washed away in Caudete, south of Valencia.

Then on Friday evening it was confirmed there had been a fifth fatality, a 58-year-old man from the town of Redován died after being dragged through the water when he left his vehicle and tried to cross a street.

the man's body was found at 8.15pm this evening in the area known as the Virgen del Remedio de Orihuela.

Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said the country's military emergency unit is now on the streets helping combat what is called a 'gota fria' (cold drop).

“A difficult and intense night,” he tweeted on Friday. “Some areas remain on alert amid torrential rains. Sadly we are mourning a third victim in Almería.

"All my love to the families of those who have died and to all those affected by the weather. Let’s step up the precautions.”

Parts of Majorca, including the south of the island and Sierra de Tramuntana are now on red alert after local officials issuing a tornado warning.

Tourists are being urged to take care after Spain’s meteorological agency (AEMET) issued an “extreme risk” weather warning for the next 24 hours.

The travel warning was issued for the regions of Murcia, Almeria, Valencia and Alicante.

“Flash floods may occur and could cause disruption and delays to transport services,” warned the UK Foreign Office.

Tens of thousands of Brits travelling to and from Spain are also facing serious disruption as the rain and gale-force winds hit holiday flights, forcing the closure of a number of airports.

Palma airport in Majorca has only just been reopened after being paralysed by the storms for more than an hour.

Ibiza airport was also affected by the storms and at one stage, Almeria airport on the mainland was also closed.

Murcia's international airport also had to close and has yet to reopen while Alicante airport was hit by massive delays.

Around 60 people had to be evacuated after becoming trapped at a nearby campsite in the beautiful coastal area of Cabo de Gata.

Many foreign tourists are understood to be among those affected. Those rescued have been taken to a council building in nearby El Toyo.

Almeria Airport was also closed and schools in nine municipalities in the province of Almeria, including its capital city, shut until Monday.

The situation remains critical in the province of Alicante further north and other areas of the Costa Blanca, a favourite of British holidaymakers and expats.

The Segura river burst its banks in the town of Orihuela, leading to local police warning those living in low-lying areas near the river needed to be evacuated urgently.

Residents in the ex-pat community of Torrevieja were even warned to weigh down heir cars to stop them being washed away by torrents of water.

Tourist beaches long the Alicante coast have also been washed away by the shocking downpours.

Several main highways including the AP-7 motorway near the town of Pilar de la Horadada and a large stretch of the N-332 road, were closed to traffic.

Local reports said several cars were trapped on the AP-7 near the town of Cartagena with drivers sat on the tops of their vehicles as they wait for help to arrive.

Regional health officials have launched an urgent appeal for blood donors after admitting the bad weather could lead to shortages.

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