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Storm ‘Helena’ sweeps across Spain bringing high winds, storms and flooding

Storm 'Helena' swept into Spain uprooting trees, causing landslides and floods.

Storm 'Helena' sweeps across Spain bringing high winds, storms and flooding
Photo: AFP

Across Spain, 28 provinces were issued with weather warnings by Spain's State Metereological Agency (AEMET).

 

 

Galicia was the worst hit when the storm reached the peninsula during Thursday night, according to AEMET, which recorded hurricane-strength wind speeds of 136 km/h in Fisterra, a small town in the province of A Coruña.

Some streets in the eastern parts of Galicia were blocked by landslides and heavy snow caused problems on the roads. 

 

The Galician coast this morning.

In other parts of Spain strong winds were registered although they did not exceed 120 km/h, the speed from which they would be considered a hurricane.

In the Estaca de Bares in A Coruña, the northernmost point of Spain, wind speeds of 117 km/h were measured while in the municipality of Olvera in Càdiz in Andalucia, the maximum speed detected was 106 km/h.

Skies darken as 'Helena' approaches Vigo in Galicia:

In the provinces of Lugo and Ourense, the snow brought by 'Helena' caused traffic problems on some roads and forced the closure of the A-52 to A Canda.

 

Due to the stormy weather, flights may be cancelled, so if you plan to travel in the Galician region this weekend, make sure to check your flight status and keep updated on the weather situation, states the tweet below: 

 

In Seville (Andalucia), the ski resort of La Pinilla (Segovia) and the city of A Coruña the winds reached speeds ranging from 94 to 98 km/h.

Civil protection and emergency services recommend to secure doors, windows and all objects that could fall on public roads. The public were warned to stay away from trees, walls or building under construction as well as cranes that could be detached from the ground.

Views of 'Helena' from space.

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.

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