Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019

Europe weather: Spain on red alert as freak flash foods cause devastation killing two | Weather | News

Following two days of intense rainfall, several regions have been issued a severe weather warning after a storm ripped through Ibiza on Tuesday. The State Meteorological Agency reported that Catalonia, the Basque Country, Asturia, and Cantabria have been put under an “orange alert” for heavy rainfall and storms.

In Catalonia alone, winds are estimated to reach 80kmph (49mph) which comes after the death of a 75-year-old man.

The man was found in the town of Caldes d’Estrac, 25 miles (40km) north of Barcelona after being reported missing.

Moreover, a 52-year-old man also died in hospital in the southwest of the city after being hit by the train due to the adverse conditions.

A mother, 70, and a son 40, have also been reported as missing and are feared dead after their home was swept away by a river which banks burst in the village of Vilaverd, 19 miles (30km) from the port of Tarragona.

Commenting on the weather, BBC meteorologist Louise Lear, reported the main emphasis on the storm has been on the Spanish continent but will slowly be moving eastwards across France.

On Thursday, Ms Lear warned there will be some “heavy rainfall” moving across western and central Europe on Thursday.

She said: “The emphasis of that storm has been through Iberia and the south of France.

“It’s all drifting steadily eastwards.

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Moreover, in Mallorca and Menorca, a yellow warning is in place with waves expected as high as three to four metres.

Despite the horrific conditions that have passed through Spain, according to Ms Lear, there is a band of dry weather that is following the heavy rain passing through Italy.

She added: “Behind the weather front, it is brighter.

“Ahead of it, there’s warmth with temperatures across the Balkans and mainland Greece at least 10C (50F) higher than normal.”

The meteorologist also added that going into Thursday there will be some respite for Portugal and Spain due to a patch of dry weather approaching the mainland.

Heading into Friday, Ms Lear said: “That area of low pressure will just spin to the lower tip of Italy.

“Behind there will be somewhat dryer and brighter conditions, except for the UK.”

The torrential rain that has hit Spain over the last few days comes after the region suffered flash floods last month.

The torrential weather, which hit the Costa Blanca the hardest left seven people dead.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.


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