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Alicante airport closed amid safety issues as storm hits eastern Spain

Alicante airport will remain closed all day Monday as Spain is battered by Storm Gloria.

Alicante airport closed amid safety issues as storm hits eastern Spain

Dozens of flights were cancelled and rerouted through other airports as the province was put on red alert for strong winds and torrential rain.

 

Thousands of passengers were told to check their status of their flights as AENA confirmed that 179 flights were affected by the airport closure.

A fire that broke out on the terminal roof at the airport last Wednesday added to security fears in the high winds which hit the region on Sunday and were expected to continue throughout Monday. 

High winds brought in big waves and caused damage to sea front resorts across the coast of Valencia while in the interior, roads were closed by heavy snow.

IN PICS: Nine provinces on red alert as Storm Gloria sweeps across Spain

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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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