Costa Blanca hit by heavy rain ‘turning sea brown’ and flooding streets

Costa Blanca has been hit by torrential rain causing the usual crystal blue waters to turn a muddy brown and streets to flood.

Spain's Alicante province ground to a halt in some place as residents and tourists chose to stay indoors and roads were blocked by fast-flowing water.

The bay of Alicante was shrouded in storm clouds today – without a single tourist in sight.

Fields in the Vega Baja area were completely flooded and the road between San Miguel and Benijofar has been shut due to rising flood water.

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In some parts up to 40 litres per square metre of rainfall was recorded.

The Laboratory of Climatology at the University of Alicante shared images of the brown sea, with similar muddy water spilling into nearby streets of the beach of San Juan.

They wrote: "The bay of Alicante has been dyed brown as a result of the bad maritime situation after heavy rains.

"This is how some streets have remained on the beach of San Juan after the intense rains in the last hours."

The area is hugely popular with British tourists, as well as ex-pats Brits who have chosen to live there.

Some of those on holiday in the area took to social media revealing how they were sheltering from the floods on higher ground.

Mary Herlihy said: "It's been pouring all night.

"We were lucky to be up high. It's badly needed but it will ruin the crops."

In Los Montesinos, Alicante, recorded rainfall was approximately 40 litres per square metre – with further torrential downpours to come.

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