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Huge waves crash against block of flats destroying balconies on coast

Huge waves crash against block of flats destroying balconies on coast

As the ‘mini beast from the east’ heads towards us, it’s not just the UK that is facing inclement winter weather.

Footage has emerged of the moment huge waves destroy balconies on flats on the holiday island of Tenerife.

Dozens of seaside homes had to be evacuated as a result of the crashing waves from the Atlantic Ocean.

Regional mayor Alvaro Davila said that 65 flats in two blocks in the town of Mesa del Mar had been cleared of residents and a state of alert had been issued.

Garichico was one of the worst-affected areas, with waves crashing over the sea wall and flooding streets to the astonishment of locals who filmed the water racing towards them as they ran for safety.

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Further south, in the holiday hotspot of Adeje there were also reports of waves breaking the windows of a hotel restaurant, although again there were no injuries.

The first evacuations were carried out around 10pm last night/on Saturday night, with more following around 2am yesterday.

Many of the homes evacuated in Mesa del Mar are holiday homes.

It is not known if any Brits were among those asked to leave their apartments, although the town is popular with holidaymakers and has two natural swimming pools which are a big draw with locals and day visitors.

On the Spanish mainland, the east coast province of Valencia and parts of the Costa Blanca have been placed on red alert for today as they prepare for torrential rain.

Twenty town halls in the region, including the Costa Blanca holiday resorts of Javea and Denia, have announced schools will be shut today because of the bad weather alert.

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