Extreme storms hits Majorca: Gale force winds and torrential rain batter Spanish resort with trees crashing down, streets flooding and tourists forced to run for cover
- Holidaymakers have shared footage of the terrifying storms gripping the island
- Footage shows sun loungers flying through the air, while palm trees crash down
The holiday island of Majorca has been battered by gale force winds and torrential rain with trees crashing down, streets flooding and tourists forced to run for cover.
Stunned holidaymakers have shared footage of tourists fleeing for shelter as sun loungers were sent flying across swimming pools and beaches by the extreme storms.
Hotel resorts have been left unrecognisable after being lashed by fierce winds, rain and hail.
Motorists were also seen struggling to navigate through flooded roads while also contending with limited visibility on the popular Spanish island which is usually associated with blistering heat and glorious sunshine in August.
It comes as severe warnings were issued across the holiday hotspots of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera on Sunday.
Hotel resorts look unrecognisable after being lashed by the devastating storms in Majorca. Objects were seen flying through the air (right)
Torrential rain in Majorca has caused huge flooding on the streets as motorists attempt to navigate their cars through
It comes as severe warnings were issued across the holiday hotspots of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera on Sunday
Stunned holidaymakers have shared footage of tourists fleeing for shelter as sun loungers were sent flying into swimming pools by the fierce winds
Large clouds and moody skies are looming over the island, especially in Andratx – one of the localities most affected by the storms.
Holidaymakers with young children have shared extraordinary videos of them having to shelter behind cars from the terrifying storms, while other tourists had to flee a beach as parasols and deckchairs were picked up and thrown around by the strong winds.
Trees have been toppled while basements have been flooded as officials try to contend with the strong gales.
The Aemet met agency has warned that there will be more fierce storms in Majorca this evening, as the poor weather continues into the night.
The 112 emergency service in the Balearics reported 84 storm-related incidents within an hour today, Majorca Daily Bulletin reported.
Motorists were seen trying to navigate through the roads with very limited visibility
A tree is on the verge of being pulled on the ground as gale force winds grip the holiday island
A large cloud over the sea of the town of Andratx, in Majorca, Spain, 27 August 2023. Andratx is one of the localities of Majorca most affected by the storms registered in the last hours in the Balearic Islands
Holidaymakers were forced to sprint away from the beach as sun loungers and parasols got picked up in the winds
Holidaymakers have shared footage of the storms as the island is lashed by torrential rain and winds
A mother protects her children from the storms as they take shelter behind a vehicle in Majorca
One woman opened up the door to her patio to gale force winds and rain battering her villa
The newspaper also reported that a pregnant woman in Calvia was taken to a health centre after being injured by a falling sign.
An amber alert has been extended until midnight on Sunday across the whole of Majorca as heavy rain and hail were swept across the island by hurricane force winds.
The Tramuntana region and the north and northeast of the island are most likely to be affected, forecasters added.
The forceful stroms hit the island at around 11am and within an hour, there were 84 incidents.
Of these, 49 were in the capital Palma and 24 were in the historic town of Calvia – in the southwest.