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VIDEO: Watch as Storm Gloria hits Costa Blanca seaside town of Javea in Spain

The seaside town of Javea in the Alicante province of eastern Spain bore the brunt of the Storm Gloria on Monday when waves burst over the shore line and ravaged the promenade and sea front.

VIDEO: Watch as Storm Gloria hits Costa Blanca seaside town of Javea in Spain
Images show the destruction of the promenade in Javea. Photo: Ajuntament de Xábia / Facebook

Images of the storm and the damage caused by it have flooded social media.

Here is some of the most dramatic footage.

The video shows the massive waves crashing over the Paseo Maritimo and pounding against a building on the shore front. 

The terrifying size of the waves and the whistling wind are clearly visible in this footage: 

And a shot from another angle shows how the rough seas surged over the sea wall and came into the little harbour.

The damage caused by the waves can be seen here: 

 

 

And another one shows the detritus left behind by the storm.

 

An enormous sea bass was among the things washed up in the street.

It's going to be a big job to clear up after this storm.

 

What are normally dry river beds or gentle streams leading from the mountains to the sea were raging torrents.

 Red Cross workers were out clearing up once the storm passed. 

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WEATHER

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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