WEATHER – Storm Gloria arrived in southern France Monday evening after killing at least three people in Spain. Announced as an episode of “exceptional” weather, the storm is expected to last until Thursday, January 23. A second wave will affect France from Tuesday evening. Follow the latest information.
2020-01-21T14: 11: 00.000Z – Antoine Llorca
The A9 motorway, the main motorway between France and Spain, had been closed for a time in the France-Spain direction between Perpignan and Boulou, following snowfall. But it reopened at the end of the morning, according to the prefecture. About 1,700 heavy goods vehicles which were “stored” from Béziers (Hérault) will gradually return to the motorway.
In the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales, snow fell from an altitude of 200 meters and 1,000 homes were deprived of electricity.
The highway connecting France and Spain – called AP7 on the Spanish side and A9 on the French side – was also cut on both sides of the border due to snowfall, according to local authorities.
In this city located in the department of Pyrénées-Orientales, just 300 meters above sea level, the streets are heavily snowed this Tuesday. 10 cm of snow lines the sidewalks. What disconcert the inhabitants.
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The prefect of the Pyrénées-Orientales declares that “1000 homes are deprived of electricity” this Tuesday at 11:30 am.
In the night from Monday to Tuesday, it was in Boulou that it rained the most, with 70 mm raised. Rainfall was lower in the plains, up to 30 mm. Tuesday, warns Météo-France, “the milder air is spreading throughout the department, the rain-snow limit will rise above 1000 m, to be around 1.300 to 1.500 m at midday. The snowfall will be then replaced by a notable rainy episode on this department “.
Tuesday, the swell and strong waves from East to North-East will impede the flow of rivers, which may cause flooding. As there are many fords in the department, the prefecture advises pedestrians and motorists to “never enter a submerged lane”.
At 11:30 am, the prefect of the Pyrénées-Orientales will hold a press conference, to “take stock of the current meteorological episode in the department, present to you the arrangements for the authorities, safety instructions and forecasts”
This Tuesday morning, a breakdown of the high voltage power supply left 220,000 subscribers without electricity in the region of Girona. The services of Red Electrica inform that the breakdown of a high voltage tower in Sant Hilari Sacalm, is about to be restored this Tuesday in the morning although the technical services are struggling to intervene due to snow accumulations.
25 people in Catalonia had to be hospitalized for injuries due to the strong wind. The number 112 has received almost 4,500 calls in Catalonia. The firemen of the Generalitat carried out approximately 2300 interventions because of the wind and the floods.
1,500 FIREPLACES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY
Enedis accounts for 1,500 homes without electricity in the Pyrénées-Orientales, according to our information.
While the A9 motorway is closed at Perthus, all SNCF traffic on the Narbonne-Cerbère line is interrupted.
The first salvo of heavy precipitation has been underway since yesterday evening and is expected to last until early afternoon. A relative calm will emerge at the end of the day and early evening. The second salvo will take place next night with a little lull in the early morning. Finally, the third and last episode of rain will take place tomorrow afternoon and throughout the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
A FIRST IN THIRTY YEARS
This phenomenon is “unusual” and “exceptional”. This intense Mediterranean episode will last three days with up to 400 mm of rain expected by Thursday morning, raising fears of floods. In the mountains, up to 2.50 m of snow should fall in the mountains, posing an avalanche risk.
It’s been more than 30 years that the Pyrénées-Orientales had not experienced such bad weather.
BALANCE SHEET IN SPAIN
Three people died in Spain due to the Gloria storm, which mainly strikes the east of the country. “A 54-year-old homeless woman of Romanian nationality was found dead, apparently of hypothermia, this morning in a park” in Gandia, south of Valencia, said a spokesman for the town hall. A “63-year-old Spaniard” was also found dead “Sunday afternoon” in the village of Pedro Bernardo, in the region of Castile and Leon (center), his mayor, David Segovia, told AFP . “He was lying on the ground on his property, hit in the head because of the falling tiles caused by the snow,” he said.
In the evening, the president of the Valencia region, Ximo Puig, offered his condolences to the family of a deceased victim in a village. According to local press, he is a 71-year-old man who died of hypothermia.
Snowfall began Monday evening in the Pyrenees-Orientales department, placed from 4 pm on orange snow-ice alert, Météo France announced at night. It was snowing in Perthus and locally 200 m from the foot of the Albères in Vallespir, according to a bulletin issued at 1 o’clock. Generally, the rain-snow limit is around 300/400 meters.
The Pyrénées-Orientales are preparing for the arrival of storm Gloria.
An episode of “exceptional” weather is approaching. From this Monday evening, the extreme south of the country is preparing to experience a dantesque situation until Thursday inclusive with the arrival of the storm Gloria. After passing through Catalonia, where two people died, the storm Gloria arrives in France and will hit the south of the country with full force. According to Météo France forecasts, 3 to 4 months of rain and 3 meters of snow are expected for the next 72 hours. The department of Pyrenees-Orientales has been placed since 16h orange snow-ice alert, heavy snowfall is expected from the beginning of the evening, warned Météo-France.
The whole of the Eastern Pyrenees, the Aude (in its southern half) will be directly affected by the Gloria storm. Eastern Corsica and then Languedoc will also be affected to a lesser extent. As of Monday evening, the first moderate rains will settle in the Pyrénées-Orientales and the southern part of the Aude. Most of the phenomenon, exceptional for the season, is expected Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Before arriving in France, storm Gloria killed three people and deprived 200,000 students of lessons. “A 54-year-old homeless woman of Romanian nationality was found dead, apparently of hypothermia, this morning in a park” in Gandia, south of Valencia, said a spokesman for the town hall. AFP. A “63-year-old Spaniard” was also found dead “Sunday afternoon” in the village of Pedro Bernardo, in the region of Castile and Leon (center), his mayor, David Segovia, told AFP . In the evening, the president of the Valencia region, Ximo Puig, offered his condolences to the family of a deceased victim in a village. According to local press, he is a 71-year-old man who died of hypothermia.