Residents in Madrid City authorities ordered them to stay home on Sunday as storm Dana was set to hit the Spanish capital.
The state meteorology agency, AEMET, issued an advisory for Madrid, Toledo and Cádiz, where Dana is expected to bring heavy rain.
According to AEMET, in 12 hours up to 120 liters per square meter of rain could fall on Madrid.
Valencia, on the Mediterranean coast, has already suffered heavy rains, AEMAT said.
The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, advised residents to stay in their homes and described what was coming as an “exceptional situation.”
“Due to the exceptional and abnormal situation, in which rainfall records will be broken, I ask the people of Madrid to stay at home today,” Martínez-Almeida wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Madrid emergency services sent text messages to residents warning them of the risk of flooding and warning them not to use vehicles.
Atlético Madrid wrote in X that Sunday’s LaLiga match against Sevilla was also postponed due to the storm.