Storm Gloria produced a real disaster in Spain leaving more than 200,000 people without power, levelling buildings, destroying rice paddies and triggering weather alerts in more than 30 provinces.
The storm which came months after Spain experienced deadly flooding in September also killed eight people. It was described as the worst storm since 2003 “and likely of this century”. Huge waves, heavy rain and gale force winds crashed into buildings in Mallorca. In the Costa Brava holiday resort of Tossa de Mar, locals woke up to the surreal sight of sea foam which had invaded part of the old town. In Catalonia, one of the worst affected areas of Spain at present, 64 people have so far been treated for injuries caused by the bad weather. The Costa Blanca, Costa Brava and the Balearic Islands have been among the worst affected areas. On Monday, record waves of 8.44m battered the shores of Valencia while waves also grew at Barcelona beach.
Dozens of roads remained impassable because of the snow, including the A7 highway between the northeastern town of Figueres and the French border.The Interior Minister has described the storm as 'exceptional'. Nine provinces are still on orange or yellow alert because of high winds and waves, snow and the risk from ice and avalanches. Sea foam filled the street.