Town orders White Christmas as country hit by storms

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8 December 2006 , MADRID — A council has ordered a White Christmas in a town which has not seen snow for over 50 years.

8 December 2006

MADRID — A council has ordered a White Christmas in a town which has not seen snow for over 50 years.

Canons are to fire fake snow for 15 minutes every day during the Festive Season in Lepe, near Huelva, Andalusia.

But in many other parts of Spain, snow was finally arriving after warm weather, caused partly by climate change, had led to delays in the start of the ski season.

Forecasters said on Friday, 11 regions would be hit by strong winds, snow and rain.

These were Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Navarre, Extramadura, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragon, Rioja and Andalusia.

Emergency services would be on stand by in these areas.

In Galicia, parts of La Coruna were on red alert for flood warnings which have hit roads, causing stoppages.

Winds of up to 100 kmh have hit La Coruna, Lugo and Pontevedra.

In Asturias, fire fighters have been called to over a dozen emergencies caused by high winds. These have included trees which have been brought down, houses which have been damaged and fallen scaffolding.

Roads have been closed due to high winds and heavy rain in parts of the Basque Country, in particular San Sebastian.

Authorities warned people to fasten doors, windows and any loose objects, to get away from trees and  only make essential journeys.

They should avoid rivers and beaches and say indoors.

In areas where there has been heavy wind or snow, they should listen to forecasts before going out and decide if the journey is really necessary. Always take a mobile phone with a charged battery.

If they are stuck in their cars, they should stay inside, put on the heater and call for help if they can.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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