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Northern Spain on red alert as storms batter coast

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Northern Spain on red alert as storms batter coast
A man runs as a big wave hits the pier of the port of A Guarda, northwestern Spain, during a storm on February 2, 2017. Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP
10:46 CET+01:00
Spain's northwestern coast was battered by waves reaching 11 meters high as fierce storms swept in from the Atlantic.

The northwestern region of Galicia was put in red alert by Spain's state meteorological agency (AEMET) as winds of up to 130 km / h battered the coast.

A wave reaching a height of 11 meters was recorded on Thursday night in A Coruña. 

Flights in Galicia and Asturias were cancelled as high winds made taking-off and landing perilous and mountain areas were told to prepare for heavy snow.

A total of 34 provinces were issued with weather alerts on Friday morning.

Meanwhile torrential rain was expected further south in Extremadura and strong winds across most of the peninsula.

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