Learn how to say Spates correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word spate:
1a large number of similar things coming in quick succession:
a spate of attacks on holidaymakers
2chiefly British a sudden flood in a river.
in (full) spate
(of a river) overflowing due to a sudden flood.
used to refer to a person or action that is continuing with vigour and without pause:
the headmaster was in full spate
late Middle English (originally Scots and northern English in the sense ‘flood, inundation’): of unknown origin