Woman driver is forced to abandon her car and SWIM to safety after getting caught in freak rainstorms that have hit Mallorca and Ibiza
- Woman had to swim against fierce tide of water on the flooded street in Mallorca
- Freak rainstorm completely flooded the street at the Cala d’Or resort in Santanyí
- Torrential rain and more than 5,000 lightning rays in a day hit Mallorca and Ibiza
This is the terrifying moment a woman was forced to swim for her life after heavy rain left her car stranded in floods on a Spanish holiday island.
The woman motorist found herself trapped in her car at the resort of Cala d’Or in Santanyí, Mallorca, when a road flooded within minutes of a freak rainstorm and threatened to wash her vehicle away.
Harrowing footage showed her abandoning the car in the middle of the flooded street before trying to swim to safety against a fierce tide of water.
The scorching heat of last week finally gave way on Tuesday, bringing torrential rain in Mallorca and Ibiza and more than 5,000 lightning strikes within 24 hours.
The bad weather had already wreaked havoc on the mainland and hit the Balearic Islands with great intensity, said the weather agency AEMET.
AEMET says the storms will continue today and has advised extreme caution.
Mallorca was under a severe weather warning on Tuesday evening.
The port in Menorca had to be closed and roads and buildings were flooded, including hospitals and the courts in Ibiza.
The 112 emergency service was inundated with calls on Tuesday, with nearly 200 incidents reported. Roads were closed and a number of boats stranded.
The woman abandoned her car and frantically swam towards safety, battling a tide of fierce water
The woman motorist found herself trapped in her car at the resort of Cala d’Or in Santanyí, Mallorca
The harrowing footage showed her desperate attempts to swim away as torrential rain battered Mallorca
At one stage, 1,400 people in Mallorca and Formentera were left without electricity and telephone lines and trees were also brought down.
Several popular tourist hotspots in Spain have been hit by a series of freak hailstorms and bouts of freak weather.
Hardest-hit was Arganda del Rey, a neighborhood about 10 miles southeast of Madrid.
Torrential rainfall turned Calle Juan de la Cierva, a historic one-lane street in the Gran Habitat district, into a raging river.
Meanwhile, tornadoes were reported in Campillos, a town in the municipality of Malaga in southern Spain.