Severe weather in Mallorca: At least nine dead in the meantime
“Gloria” has Spain under control: strong winds, rain and even snow create chaos. Where it’s worst.
- Severe weather with violent winds and hurricane gusts caused huge waves in Mallorca: One of the giant waves is said to have reached 14 meters in height
- Videos on the Internet show the force with which Gloria hit Spain and the Balearic Islands
- Recently there have been storms and storms in Mallorca
- Record of the recent storm: one million damage and nine deaths
- In addition, four people are still missing
- The storm also caused chaotic conditions in other places in Spain
- For the next few days, the weather will improve
Giant waves, storm surge, heavy rain and sudden onset of winter: a violent one storm caused at the Spanish Mediterranean coast serious damage and several fatalities.
Strong wind with hurricane gusts of more than 100 kilometers per hour lashed the sea and caused waves as high as a house. A historic giant wave of 14 meters in height was measured off the holiday island of Mallorca.
Mallorca: number of deaths increased to nine
The storm has now cost at least nine lives. Five other deaths were registered in the Valencia and Andalusia regions on Wednesday, Spanish media reported, citing the authorities. In addition, four people were missing. The body of a 49-year-old homeless man who was apparently frozen to death was found in Carcaixent (Valencia). A woman died in Alcoi (Alicante / Valencia) on Wednesday when her house collapsed due to the storm.
In addition, the body of a 67-year-old was recovered near the municipality of Callosa d’En Sarrià (Alicante). A farmer and a homeless man were reported to have died in Almería, Andalusia, and reports say that a 25-year-old Briton and a 41-year-old have been reported missing in Ibiza. In addition, a man in Mallorca and a sailor in Catalan Girona were missing.
Giant waves cause excitement
Videos of the huge waves are spreading on the Internet. A video on Twitter, not described in more detail, shows how a group of people was hit by one of the waves on a house roof – far away from the coast. A place that is actually a safe distance away. Nevertheless, the masses of water hit people – this shows how forcefully Gloria hit Spain.
The storm surge first hit the mainland coast between the Mediterranean cities Valencia and Alicante, There, house-high waves skipped the protective dikes, harbors and promenades. In the well-known holiday resorts of Dénia and Jávea, parts of the old town were under water.
Hundreds of restaurants, shops, apartments and garages were devastated. Several yachts anchored in the ports were also damaged. There was million damage. It was only in December that a severe storm swept over Mallorca, causing severe devastation there.
Weather in Mallorca – This is how it will be in the coming days:
- Wednesday: Changeable, partly sun and a maximum of 17 degrees
- Thursday: Cloud-sun mix at temperatures of up to 17 degrees
- Friday: Clouds and sun, maximum 17 degrees
Storm “Gloria” rages on the Spanish Mediterranean coast
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said one innkeeper, who cleaned up in his devastated beach bar in Javea after the flood. “The sea was as wild as never before,” he reported on Spanish TV. All protective measures had no effect: sandbags on the promenade, wooden panels in front of the shop windows. The giant waves jumped over all obstacles and pressed in windows, doors and sometimes also facades.
Meteorologists had previously warned that this storm called Gloria could be very dangerous. Was in many coastal towns red alarm triggered – the maximum warning level. According to the authorities, it was the most violent storm in several years. Up to half a meter of snow fell in places in the hinterland and in central Spain.
That shifted over the course of Tuesday “Gloria” storm depression Heading north and raging on the coast of the Spanish region of Catalonia. Tourists and residents were called for caution because of the still very high waves on the Mediterranean.
“Gloria”: fatalities and missing persons in Spain
A man was missing north of Barcelona who wanted to take a photo on a dike and was carried away by a high wave. In addition, onlookers who had ventured too close to the raging sea were injured in several coastal towns – holidaymakers were also among the injured. In the coastal town of Orihuela, two people had to be hospitalized after a palm tree fell on their car.
A 54-year-old homeless man who had slept in a park despite the bad weather died in the seaside resort of Gandía. In the city of Ávila, a 63-year-old man was killed by a falling roof tile. A resident died in the mountain village of Moixent, who was surprised by a snowstorm outdoors. Sudden snowfall was also fatal to a man in northern Spain who was hit by a small truck when he was about to mount snow chains on the wheels of his vehicle.
Mallorca: man is missing
A 27-year-old was missing in Mallorca, who climbed through a gorge in the middle of a storm and was possibly carried away by a torrent. The fire brigade on the island was in constant use: mainly because of fallen trees and floods. It was only in October that two tourists plunged into the sea in a storm on Mallorca – the search was unsuccessful.
Several dry creek beds turned into torrents after heavy rain, several streets had to be closed. Among other things, the Mallorcan town of San Llorenç was affected, where 13 people were killed in a sudden flood of rain and mud two years ago.
Due to the storm, the tourist airport in Alicante, the tourist hub on the Costa Blanca, had to close for 40 hours. The airport resumed operations on Tuesday morning. The ferry connections between the mainland and the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza were also interrupted.
Hundreds of schools on the coast allowed the children to stay at home for safety reasons. Several coastal campsites, where mainly European pensioners stay in winter, had to be evacuated.
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