More heavy snow and gale force winds on the way

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14 November 2005, MADRID — Much of Spain was struggling to cope with heavy show, gale force winds and torrential rain.

14 November 2005

MADRID — Much of Spain was struggling to cope with heavy show, gale force winds and torrential rain.

Meteorologists predicted more bad weather to come in the next few days.

Heavy show has closed a number of mountain passes in various parts of the country.

The civil protection authorities put local governments on alert in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Murcia, Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country,  Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid and Navarre.

Torrential rains fell over the weekend in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Murcia, Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria  and the Basque Country.

Heavy snows also fell in Castilla y León, Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid and Navarre.

In Cáceres, snow forced authorities to close the mountain pass at Honduras.

The same measures had to be taken at Lunada in Cantabria, in northern Spain.

In Andalusia, mountan roads were closed at Collado de Veleta, in Granada.

In western Spain, ski stations at La Covatilla, near Salamanca were shut.

The bad weather made roads treacherous.

Thirty-nine people were killed in 31 accidents throughout the country over the weekend.

In one crash alone, ice on the road caused a multiple pile-up in which three people were killed, on the A92, near  Baza, in Granada.

An average 30mm of rain fell in those regions hit by the bad weather.

But in the Balearic Islands, 60mm of rain fell over the weekend.

Heavy snows are predicted in Castilla-La Mancha at altitudes of above 900 metres high and in Castilla y León snowfalls were also expected above 1,600m in the next 24 hours.

In Murcia, in south-east Spain, up to 10cm of snow could fall in areas above 1,000 during the next day.

In Galicia, strong winds of up to 110km are expected, which could make driving difficult.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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