Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Shel­ley Lid­dell

THIS week's heavy storms have proved a god­send for many drought-hit ar­eas of the prov­ince.

In some ar­eas, the amount of rain­fall has bro­ken all records for the month of Au­gust.

On Wed­nes­day, the weather sta­tion at Ali­cante-Elche air­port recorded 42.1 litres per square me­tre, an all-time high, beat­ing the 32 litres of rain­fall in 1974.

Ali­cante city col­lected 46 litres in the city cen­tre and 53.6 on San Juan beach, beat­ing the amount col­lected in 1939.

Be­tween Tues­day night and Wed­nes­day morn­ing it rained most in the area of l'Ala­canti, fol­lowed by the Ma­rina Alta and then the Ma­rina Baixa.

Jávea reg­is­tered 70 litres over the two days.

Au­gust 2017 is now the sec­ond month of the year with most rain­fall. Al­though this is not the only year that Au­gust has had a lot of rain, it also rained in Au­gust 2013 and 2002.

Jorge Ol­cina, di­rec­tor of Ali­cante Univer­sity's weather lab, said: "Since 2000, the month of Au­gust is be­com­ing an au­tumn sea­son month, due to ris­ing sea wa­ter tem­per­a­tures caused by global warm­ing."

Yacht on Le­vante Beach

A 12-foot yacht was washed up on Benidorm's main beach on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. The boat's Bri­tish man and wife crew had de­cided to an­chor close to the coast as a pre­cau­tion. How­ever, the strong wind caused the yacht to break its an­chor and pushed them onto the beach.

Both man­aged to walk off the boat onto the sand un­harmed.

Beaches dam­aged

The heavy rain­fall dam­aged many beaches.

Elche lost sand from the Are­nales del Sol beaches and foot show­ers were dam­aged.

Santa Pola's Calas de San­ti­ago Bern­abeú were also ad­versely af­fected.

The storm caused an es­ti­mated €4,000 worth of dam­age to Cam­pello's Muchav­ista beach. Heavy ran shifted walk­ways and car­ried sand out to sea.

Ali­cante's Al­bufer­eta beach was dived in two, the sand washed away when flood­wa­ter gushed down a gorge. Around 2,000 homes in Al­bufer­eta also suf­fered an elec­tric­ity black­out.

Three peo­ple had to be res­cued from cars in La Al­co­raya, while in San Vi­cente del Raspeig a tree blew over.

The yacht washed up on Benidorm's Le­vante beach on Wed­nes­day morn­ing

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