P&O cruise ship carrying thousands of Brits smashes into oil tanker off Majorca as 'severe' 55mph STORMS slam Balearics | The Sun

A P&O cruise ship was sent hurtling into an oil tanker off Majorca as an extreme 55mph storm swept into the Balearics on Sunday.

Thousands of Brit passengers face being stranded after the Brittania snapped its moorings in fierce gales.

It was seen drifting off its dock in Palma, Majorca, before crashing into a moored oil tanker next to it.

Tugboats were scrambled to tether the 140,000-tonne ship amid 10ft swells and brutal gusts sweeping the Med holiday islands today.

Passengers reported the captain ordering all crew to their muster stations and warning "this is not a drill", Wales Online reports.

There are fears the ship may not be able to sail as witnesses claimed the side of the ship was "battered" in the crash.

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A spokesperson for P&O Cruises said: “We are aware of an incident involving Britannia on Sunday morning while the ship was alongside in Palma de Majorca.

"We are working to assess the situation. The captain is keeping all guests updated.”

It comes as severe weather warnings were issued across the Balearic hotspots of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera on Sunday.

The 112 emergency service in the Balearics reported 84 storm-related incidents in Majorca in the space of a matter of an hour, Majorca Daily Bulletin reported.

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Trees were topped and basements flooded while a pregnant woman was injured by a falling sign.

Shocking footage of poolside furniture being tossed in blustery gales and people sprinting through heavy rain have been posted online today.

One video shared by BBC NI weatherman Barra Best shows a beach structure being lifted by piercing winds and smashing into tourists' balconies at a coastal hotel in Majorca.

"Severe" orange warnings for 55mph gusts and more than two inches of rain per hour are in place across the islands – which are packed with thousands of sun-seeking Brits hoping to catch last-minute summer sunshine.

Alerts are in place for the seas around the islands with dangerous 10ft swells expected.

Temperatures are struggling to top 20C – the same temperature being forecast in Kent today.

And the grim weather is set to continue into tomorrow with moderate rain and wind warnings in place across all four islands.

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