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In Pictures: Storm Gloria wreaks havoc across Spain leaving three dead

Storm Gloria has claimed the lives of at least three people as it sweeps across Spain bringing stormy seas, fierce winds and flooding to some parts and heavy snowfall to others.

In Pictures: Storm Gloria wreaks havoc across Spain leaving three dead
Images show the destruction of the promenade in Javea. Photo: Ajuntament de Xábia / Facebook

The first fatality occurred in Asturias when a 44 year old man was killed by a truck skidding out of control as he attempted to put snow-chains on his car at the side of the road.

A homeless woman from Romania in her 50s died of exposure after sleeping in a park in Gandia on the Valencian coast.

A 63-year-old Spanish man was found dead on Sunday afternoon in the central village of Pedro Bernardo, the village's mayor David Segovia said.

A group of people walk with difficulty due to the strong wind at La Malvarrosa beach as storm Gloria batters Spanish eastern coast in Valencia on January 20, 2020.

“He was lying on his property with a head injury caused by tiles which fell because of the snow,” Bernardo told AFP.

Much of eastern Spain as well as the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean were still on alert Monday after Storm Gloria hit Spain over the weekend.

A person takes photographs of big waves hitting El Saler beach as storm Gloria batters Spanish eastern coast in Valencia on January 20, 2020.

In the interior of Valencia, fire fighters were sent out to clear the roads of snow, while in the Balearic Islands roads were closed as rivers burst their banks after 24 hours of torrential rain.

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Seaside towns from Torrevieja in the south of the Valencia region to Castellon in the north were counting the cost of the damage caused by massive waves pounding the shore during the storms.

Some 200 schools remained closed on Monday in the Valencia region while the journeys of some 22,000 travellers through Alicante airport were disrupted as the authorities closed air travel for the duration of Monday.

Spain's weather agency AEMET issued warnings for the “eastern third of the Peninsula and the Balearics” for “wind, rain, snow and waves” that would continue until Tuesday.

Heavy snow was recorded in the interior of Valencia, as these pictures from Biar and Banyeres de Mariola show.

 

Along the coast in Javea, (Xabia) the coastline took a battering. Images show a damaged promenade, destroyed restaurants and shop fronts and flooded roads. 
 
 
 
 
In Mallorca, at least nine roads were blocked with flooding and landslides.

Alicante airport remained closed and was not expected to open until Tuesday when the storm had passed. 

READ MORE:  Alicante airport closed amid safety issues as storm hits eastern 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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