Storms have hit the Costa Blanca sparking shocking flooding in the area just hours after officials warned about strong currents in the sea around the area pulling people out to sea.

British holidaymakers hoping to leave behind the rain by heading to Spain have been met with torrential downpours, hail, strong winds and flash floods.

Images from Costa Blanca showed submerged streets, overflowing rivers, and fast-moving water barrelling across dry fields before crashing onto highways.

Hail stones have fallen in some parts of the Valencian community, which includes the provinces of Alicante and Valencia, with more predicted today, while Benidorm is on a yellow storm alert with the possibility of rain put at 100 per cent.

Further south in Murcia roads have been turned into raging torrents. In its capital city locals and tourists were pictured ankle-deep in water in its main street as they tried to negotiate their way past shops while others took refuge inside.

Elsewhere in the province cars were seen and wheelie bins were seen 'swimming' down streets which looked more like rivers. Firefighters were said to be 'working tirelessly' with roads closed in some places.

Local media reported that emergency response officials had clocked over 320 incidents relating to the weather as of Monday night.

The region most affected has been Spain's eastern Levante area, which includes Valencia, Benidorm, Alicante and Murcia - a popular area for British tourists.

Reports said the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia had been especially impacted. According to the Eltiempo news outlet, over 60 millimetres of rain had fallen around the city of Murcia, leaving vehicles trapped.