Monster waves slam into seaside apartment building in Canary Islands and destroys balconies three stories up
During the fierce storms, restaurant windows were smashed, cars were swept into the sea, and a football pitch was damaged due to severe floods which hit the tourist land
Holidaymakers had to be evacuated from their apartments in Tenerife as 40-foot waves slammed balconies and wiped out a few in fierce storms over the weekend. Video footage captured on the scene, shows waves crashing into the third floor of an apartment block in Mesa del Mar.
During the fierce storms, restaurant windows were smashed, cars were swept into the sea, and a football pitch was damaged due to severe floods which hit the tourist land. According to local mayor Alvaro Davila, around 65 apartments, some of which are believed to be holiday homes, had to be evacuated. He was able to confirm that no one had been injured in the scare that had resulted in 39 people being told to leave two buildings in Garichico in North West Tenerife.
WOW!!! Enormous waves has destroyed quite a few homes in Tenerife, Spain this weekend due to passing wind storm! Report: @rtveteleplaneta #severeweather #extremeweather #Spain pic.twitter.com/T6KcUFox5E— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) 18 November 2018
Diners were shocked at the massive waves which smashed the windows of a hotel restaurant located on the Southern coast of the island. Footage also showed a hotel on fire after it was struck by lightning in Marbella. The streets in Marbella had become like rivers due to the excessive amount of rainfall. Smoke could be seen pouring out of the Playa Hotel in the Las Chapas area.
The incidents took place after regional government officials issued a severe weather warning given the fierce storm which was rocking the north of Tenerife as well as other parts of the Canary Islands. One of the worst and most badly affected areas was Garichico where the waves crashed high above the seawall and flooded the streets. Many locals stood and filmed the scene instead of fleeing to safety.
The holiday spot of Adeje also reported waves breaking windows of a hotel restaurant, though fortunately, no one was injured. The first evacuations were carried out at 10 pm on Saturday night and more were conducted at around 2 am early Sunday morning. Many of the homes which were evacuated in Messa del Mar are holiday homes. It is unclear whether any Brits were among those who were required to evacuate.
Some parts of Malaga also experienced heavy rainfall with Mijas, Ojen and Coin all badly affected. The roads around Los Llanitos and Herrizo were destroyed due to a landslide. On the Spanish mainland, the east side of Valencia as well as parts of Costa Blanca have been placed on red alert and have been warned to expect torrential rain.