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Southeast Spain facing heaviest rainfall in over a century

MADRID — A large area of southeast Spain is on red alert as the region reels from the heaviest rainfall in more than a century.

The Spanish weather service AEMET is predicting up to 200 litres (53 gallons) of rainfall per square meter (10 sq. feet) between Thursday and Friday on the Mediterranean coast regions of Valencia, Murcia and Alicante.

The River Clariano flooded the streets of Ontinyent, a town south of Valencia, during Wednesday night after almost 300 litres of rain per square meter fell in 24 hours, which AEMET says is the heaviest recorded there since 1917.

No injuries were reported.

The local Spanish government representative in Murcia, Francisco Jiménez, says Thursday “is a good day to stay at home.”

The Associated Press