Heavy rainfall in Spain has caused flooding so severe it has washed away cars and emergency services have been overwhelmed with calls from panicked residents.
A video circulating on Twitter shows floodwater rushing down a road in Tarragona, Catalonia, high enough in some areas to blow over the tops of parked cars.
In another video, cars were washed down the road by water that was fast and powerful enough to lift and move the vehicles.
The Catalan Meteorological Service reported more than 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rain in the area on Friday, September 23.
Local emergency services said they responded to 759 calls for help this evening, 460 of which related to incidents involving rain.
Of these calls, 473 were made from Tarragona.
Officials warned that intense downpours would continue overnight and could be accompanied by strong winds, hail, lightning and tornadoes.
The Spanish press reported that trains were canceled and roads were closed due to the rain.
The local festivities, known as Santa Tecla, were suspended on Friday night – the first to be held since the quarantine due to COVID-19.
In Barcelona, some concerts associated with the city’s biggest festival La Merce – which started this Friday – were moved indoors due to the threat of heavy rain overnight.