LATEST: What’s happening with deadly Storm Gloria in Spain

At least eight people have died in the storm, which has been branded the worst to hit Spain in three decades.

LATEST: What's happening with deadly Storm Gloria in Spain
The storm was described as the worst to hit Barcelona in 30 years. Photo: AFP

Emergencies services are also trying to locate four missing people, including a young British holidaymaker in Ibiza. 

Catalan’s Interior Minister confirmed that 64 people had been injured in the storm as it finally looked set to ebb on Wednesday afternoon.

Schools across the region remained closed with more than 149,000 students kept at home.


After four days with red alerts across the eastern part of Spain and the Balearic Islands, the state weather agency lowered the risk to amber and yellow warnings.

The biggest waves ever seen by Spain in the Mediterranean have been recorded during Storm Gloria on the Balearic Islands.

Authorities said they had recorded waves of 14.8 metres in height in Menorca, beating the previous record of 13.6 off the island in 2001.

Footage shows waves breaking over four storey buildings in PortoColom in Mallorca, estimated to have reached the whooping height of 14 metres

Meanwhile on the mainland in Catalonia, authorities warned of an “historic catastrophe” as wetlands in the Ebro delta disappeared under seawater.

Satellite images revealed the extent of the flooding as 320 square hectares of the delta disappeared under water.

The fragile ecosystem containing rice paddies, sand dunes and riverside woodland have suffered severe damage during Storm Gloria as it battered Spain’s east coast for the fourth day.


Storm Gloria which is now moving north into France has left disaster in its wake as it swept cross the eastern part of the Peninsula and the Baleric Islands. 

Javea on the Costa Blanca was among the worst affected in the Valencia region.

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


And in Mallorca's Port de Pollença more than a dozen yachts were washed up on the sand after being ripped from their moorings in the marina.




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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.