Holidaymakers evacuated as Tenerife struck by 40ft high waves

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According to local reports 39 people have been evacuated from their homes, although fortunately nobody has been injured.

Regional mayor Alvaro Davila said that 65 flats in two blocks in the town of Mesa del Mar had been cleared of residents and a state of alert had been issued.

Enormous waves have been battering buildings on the north coast of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.

According to the Spanish meteorological agency, an orange-level alert about waves in the Canary Islands has been downgraded to yellow, which is expected to stand until Monday morning.

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Footage uploaded to social media by Nelson Acosta shows the huge waves sweeping out of the sea and crashing into the side of a high-rise building, brushing away the railings from concrete balconies.

And horrified witnesses have said at least one vehicle was dragged out to sea in Jover, La Laguna, and another in Puerto de la Cruz.

Locals fleeing the area also filmed the water racing towards them in sudden flash floods as they ran for safety.

In the municipality of Adeje, waves broke the window of the restaurant of a hotel where several people dined.

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