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VIDEO: Watch as seafoam fills streets of Costa Brava resort during Storm Gloria

The seaside town of Tossa del Mar on the Mediterranean coast north of Barcelona experienced a rare weather phenomenon on Tuesday as Storm Gloria hit the Catalan region.

VIDEO: Watch as seafoam fills streets of Costa Brava resort during Storm Gloria
The streets of Tossa de Mar filled with foam. Photo: AFP

The streets filled with seafoam, a natural but rare occurrence caused by the severe agitation of sea water and is completely harmless.

High winds and rough seas have caused devastation along Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast, destroying seafront promenades and damaging buildings along them.

According to the Catalan Water Agency the foam occurs when seawater meets fresh water from a stream. The mixture stirred up by the pounding waves, plus the load of organic material in both waters, generates this abundant foam.

Here are a selection of the best images shared of the foam phenomenon in Tossa de Mar.

The foam appeared to be waist-high in some parts of the town.

 

Here's a close up:

 

Another view of wobbling foam.

And the clear-up operation in progress. 

 

 

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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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