Heavy downpour hits Madrid first time since 1972 causing great flood in the metro system

Madrid’s Metro System Flooded as City Experiences Worst Rainfall Since 1972

In an unprecedented event, Madrid’s metro system found itself inundated as the city grappled with its most substantial rainfall since 1972. This extraordinary weather event has prompted severe weather warnings across Spain and resulted in tragic consequences, including two reported deaths and the disappearance of at least two individuals.

Social media has been flooded with dramatic videos capturing the harrowing moment when water rushed into the Madrid metro, submerging moving carriages and leaving passengers in shock. The rapid onset of the deluge is visible through the carriage windows as water pours in beneath the doors.

The repercussions of this extreme weather have extended beyond Madrid, with reports of two fatalities in the rural area surrounding the central city of Toledo. Helicopters have been dispatched to rescue residents stranded on their home roofs in the Toledo area.

Meanwhile, in the Madrid region, emergency services have grappled with nearly 1,200 incidents, including the search for a man in Aldea del Fresno, southwest of Madrid, and an 84-year-old man missing in the Villamanta area. The flooding has also caused the collapse of several bridges and overflowed riverbanks.

The impact of the torrential rain extends beyond public transportation, as roads, subway lines, and high-speed train connections across Spain have been closed. Madrid’s mayor has urged all residents to stay home in anticipation of further heavy rain and storms affecting various parts of Spain.

The national weather agency, AEMET, issued a maximum red alert for possible extreme danger in the Madrid region, Toledo province, and the city of Cadiz, forecasting up to 120 liters per square meter of rainfall in Madrid over 12 hours, breaking the previous record set in 1972.

The severe weather conditions have led to transport suspensions, cancellations of major sporting events, and stay-at-home orders for millions of people in Spain. As the country grapples with this extraordinary precipitation, it is a sharp contrast to the heatwave that Britons are set to enjoy, with temperatures reaching up to 32C in some areas.

The shifting weather patterns, driven by the movement of the jet stream, have led to this sudden change, offering sunnier and warmer days in the UK, in stark contrast to the extreme conditions witnessed in Spain.

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