‘Hard and hostile’ storm lashes Spain, leaving at least 2 dead

At least two people were killed when an “intense and hostile” storm lashed Spain on Monday night. The storm is being described as the most intense of this season thus far.

Torrential rain and fierce winds gusting up to 120 kilometres (74.56 miles) per hour caused widespread damage and chaos across the country, leaving hundreds of properties without electricity.

Winds eased off later in the night but Meteorologists warned of further winds arriving on Tuesday.

The storm, which hit first the Canary Islands moved across Spain, wreaked havoc in the north-easterly part of the country, causing intense rain and strong winds.

The two people who died were a 19-year-old and a teenage girl, who were killed when a tree fell on their car in Móstoles near Madrid.

The storm caused a number of flights to be cancelled, and caused delays to train services. Local authorities have urged people to stay indoors and to only travel if absolutely essential.

Emergency services continue to work to clear roads and assess the damage caused by the storm.