Valencia – Snow and severe weather have caused blackouts, train delays and record waves in eastern Spain. The region around the coastal city of Valencia and the Balearic Islands with the holiday island of Mallorca were particularly affected by the storm depression “Gloria”. In the municipality of Gandia near Valencia, a 54-year-old homeless man was apparently frozen to death at night, Spanish media reported.
A man had already died in northern Spain on Sunday when he tried to pull up snow chains and was hit by a small van. The driver had lost control of the van on the snow-covered lane.
The storm raged on La Malvarrosa beach.
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According to the state weather service Aemet, record waves of just under eight meters were measured on the coast of the island of Dragonera southwest of Mallorca – the previous maximum was six meters, which was recorded in January 2017. In Mallorca itself, around 200 liters of rain per square meter fell in some places within 24 hours. Several brooks burst their banks.
Due to the storm front, numerous roads had to be temporarily closed and ports closed. In Alicante, 20,000 people were temporarily without electricity. Schools remained closed in dozens of communities around Valencia. Aemet meteorologists had warned of gusts of up to 130 kilometers per hour in parts of the country since the weekend. (APA / dpa)