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    The popular holiday island of Majorca was battered by hurricane-force winds of over 75mph, heavy rain, and hail today.

    The unexpected storm “suddenly hit” the island sending tables, chairs, and sunloungers flying across resorts and beaches.

    According to the MailOnline holidaymakers have since shared footage of people diving for shelter from the flying debris

    READ MORE: 'Panic stations' on P&O cruise ship as captain announces 'this is not a drill'

    A P&O Britannia ferry also crashed into another vessel due to the gale-force winds, leaving several passengers needing medical treatment and thousands more panic-stricken.

    It is understood the winds meant the ferry broke free from its moorings and collided with a freight vessel during the storm.

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    A witness claimed the ship was anchored less than a mile from the shore at the time of the collision.

    Images of the aftermath were shared, showing the damage to the passenger decks, along with tables and chairs in disarray. Debris could also be seen floating in the water.

    Staff warned passengers “This is not a drill” as they assembled the guests at the emergency zones on the ship, known as muster stations.

    The Britannia set sail from Southampton on August 18 for the Mediterranean cruise including stops at Cadiz and Ibiza and had been due to leave Mallorca on Sunday afternoon.

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    It can carry up to 3,647 passengers and is 330 metres in length. She has a crew of 1,398 and cost £473m.

    Earlier today the Daily Star reported that a passenger travelling with two children said: “We have now been told we’re allowed to leave our cabins but we can’t do anything on the ship and all the crew are in their life jackets and doing all of their emergency things.

    “The side of the boat is battered. We were docked overnight in Palma and the wind was so strong our anchors broke and we blew out into another ship.

    "We were up browsing on our phones in bed and heard the big horn after the bang. It was panic stations, I was bawling my eyes out.

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    “We went out onto our balcony and could see debris in the ocean and all the damage to the side of the boat and our lifeboat. The captain said: ‘Everyone to their muster stations, this is not a drill.’ Lots of people were running around looking panicked.

    “Then they came around again and said everyone needed to get back to their cabins. We’re still none the wiser. I can’t see how they’ll be able to sail it again after this.”

    According to Spanish media, there were 80 flood-related incidents in the area following the sudden storm.

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    Speaking to the publication terrified Brits claimed they were afraid to go outside as the winds sent palm trees crashing down and debris flying.

    Motorists were also struggling to move on the roads as they began to flood – and the storm is showing no sign of stopping.

    Forecasters have issued weather warnings across Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, forcing the cancellation of more than 100 flights.

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