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Homes evacuated as over 200 litres/m² falls in Javea – roads now open again

BayRadio | November 5, 2020

Homes on Javea’s Cap de la Nau headland and Balcón al Mar urbanisations were evacuated early this morning due to flashfloods.

Javea has been hit by an electric storm that saw roads closed around the Arenal beach, as over 200litres/m² of rain fell across the municipality since last since night.

From 00:00 to the time of writing today, more than 100litres/m² of rain has been recorded in the port area and up on the Cap de la Nau (see below).

Graphic from AVAMET showing accumulated rain in Javea. Source.

Policía Local last night closed Av. Libertad, Av. Fontana as well as roads around the Arenal beach – all roads are now open again, according to Javea’s Ayuntamiento.

The Ayuntamiento confirmed over 200litres/m² had fallen over the last 24 hours (see below).

A press release added that trees, awnings and walls have fallen.

⚡️⛈⛈☔️🌊EPISODIO DE LLUVIAS. JUEVES, 8 horas.Buenos días. Hemos vivido una noche muy complicada por una intensa tormenta…

Posted by Ajuntament de Xàbia on Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Local weather watching page MeteoXabia also announced it had shut off a few of its stations due to lightning storms.

Watch its video of torrential rains last night here:

Lo de esta nit es de PORSa quedat totalment estática sobre nosaltres i no para de regenersrse dins la mar i seguix entrant.Moltes estacions les tinc OFF degut als trons, fa por i esperem que no faça molt de mal.

Posted by METEOXÀBIA on Wednesday, 4 November 2020

It comes as the Marina Alta region has been upgraded to an orange weather alert, in expectation 100litres/m² over 12-hour periods throughout today.

See AEMET’s page for more info here.

Weather watching app Windy is predicting between 20-30litres/m² of rain will fall in the Marina Alta region in the next 12 hours.

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Predicted rainfall for the next 12 hours, at the time of writing (10:43am). Source.

Written by BayRadio