Ten provinces on red alert as Storm Gloria sweeps across Spain

Pablo Tucker
January 22, 2020

Much of Gerona province was without electricity for several hours Tuesday because of a fault in the power connection with France, emergency services said on Twitter. Around 200,000 people were reported to have been impacted.

National weather agency Aemet placed most of northeastern Spain on alert because of the storm packing gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour, heavy snowfall, freezing rain and massive waves which smashed into seafront promenades, damaging shops and restaurants. On Sunday, a man was killed by a vehicle in the principality of Asturias when he was trying to fit snow chains onto the tires of his auto. A second man died the same day after being hit by a roof slate blown off by winds in the central town of Pedro Bernado.

Sea foam, caused by the agitation of organic matter in the water, flooded the streets of Tossa De Mar in Girona.

A 54-year-old homeless woman from Romania was found dead, apparently from hypothermia, on Monday morning at a park in Gandia on Spain's eastern Mediterranean shore, a spokesman for Gandia city hall said.

Storm Gloria swept into Catalonia on Tuesday leaving a trail of destruction along the Valencia coastline.

Traffic authorities said dozens of roads remained impassable because of the snow, including the A7 highway between the northeastern town of Figueres and the French border.

Storm Gloria is expected to persist until tomorrow, and it is the Balearic Islands and Valencia which will be the worst sufferers.

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