The wet weather that is sweeping through Spain has caused the regional government of Andalucia to order the closure of all schools in the province, including in Nerja and Maro.

The heavy rain has caused numerous incidents throughout the province. The rain has been heavy all morning in Nerja with a total of 31mm (just over an inch) falling so far.

The Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has triggered a red alert, warning that this Friday the rainfall is set to reach a maximum of 120mm (nearly 5 inches) in some areas of Andalucia with Antequera, Ronda and Guadalhorce the most affected areas.

The Traffic Management Centre has asked drivers to be cautious due to the adverse conditions and the danger of water pooling on the roads and reminded motorists that in an emergency they should dial 112.

AEMET has also warned that more heavy rainfall and thunderstorms could be on the way Saturday morning.

In the September 2007 storm which hit Nerja, causing up to 185mm (over 7 inches) of rain to fall in one day, damaging roads and other infrastructure in the town, which took months to repair. The rain that has fallen in the past few days has been a fraction of that level at 41mm (1.6 inches).

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