At least four people have died in Spain since a violent snowstorm (Gloria) first started to batter the country on Sunday. Storm Gloria has primarily hit the eastern shores of the country as well as the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.
Several provinces, including three in Catalonia, remain on high alert on Tuesday with the meteorological agency, AEMET, warning that waves could reach seven meters in Barcelona and on the litoral near Girona. On Monday, waves of more than 14 meters were recorded on the islet of Dragonera. The agency also warned of “persistent and locally strong rainfall” of up to 150 mm in some areas as well as “copious snowfall” from as low as 300m.
It estimates that in some places in Aragon, Catalonia, Murcia, and Valencia 40 cm of snow will accumulate on Tuesday while “strong” wind gusts could exceed 100 km/h.The storm, which is expected to recede on Wednesday, has killed at least three people including a homeless woman in Gandia, Valencia.
A man also lost his life in a village some 130 km west of Madrid after being hit by a tile, while another was killed in the northwestern region of Asturias when a vehicle collided with him as he was putting snow chains on his tires.
The rain and winds have also severely disrupted travel with access to more than a hundred roads cut or restricted. The ports of Valencia and Gandia were forced to close on Monday due to the adverse conditions as was the Alicante airport.