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In images: Ibiza and Mallorca battered by storms as weather warnings issued for Valencia and Catalonia

Storms continued to batter Spain on Wednesday with the Balearic islands badly hit and other parts of the country placed on alert.

In images: Ibiza and Mallorca battered by storms as weather warnings issued for Valencia and Catalonia
Images showing the intensity of the storms as the sweep across the Balearic Islands and Catalonia. Photo: AEMET

More than 8,000 lightning strikes hit Mallorca overnight as storms that had caused flooding on mainland Spain moved eastwards over the Balearic Islands. 

 

 

Ports were battered and roads turned into rivers as a DANA sweeping across Spain brought high winds and torrential rain. 

Winds reached 91 km per hour in some parts.

 

 

Six roads were reported closed on Wednesday  morning in Mallorca after they had been turned into torrents, including one of the main roads on the island; the Sencelles-Inca road.

 

 

Sollér was amongst the worst hit, recording more than 200 litres rainfall in less than 12 hours. 

 

Emergency services on the islands said 102 incidents related to the adverse weather had been recorded; 92 in Mallorca, 7 in Ibiza, 2 in Menorca and one in Formentera.  

 

As well as the Balearic Islands amber warnings were issued by Aemet for Valencia and Catalonia as the storms travelled northwards. 

 

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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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