Spain battered by Storm Gloria

A car drives through a flooded street at Cala de Bou, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain, 19 January 2020, due to the Gloria squall, that affects the region with strong winds, rain and high waves. EPA-EFE/SERGIO G. CANIZARES

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Powerful Storm Gloria started battering Spain on Sunday with high winds, heavy rain and snow, forcing the closure of Alicante airport and killing one man in the northern region of Asturias.

Gloria was set to intensify overnight and persist at least until Tuesday, with Valencia and the Balearic Islands bearing the brunt, according to the Aemet national weather agency.

Aemet declared a red alert across 10 provinces in expectation of winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph), seven-meter (22-foot) waves and heavy snowfall.

Gloria also brought snowstorms across the north of the country. In Asturias a man was killed after being hit by a vehicle on a snowbound road, a spokeswoman for the emergency services said. Local media reported he was struck while fitting chains to his car.

In Barcelona, authorities warned people to stay away from beaches to avoid being swept away by surf. Public parks were closed across Madrid.

Read more via Reuters

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