At least a foot of snow covers a driveway, gate and trees in Biar, Alicante. It is several kilometres inland from the coast
Spain’s Costa Blanca and Valencian coastline have been pummelled by a vicious storm this morning, shutting Alicante airport, flooding homes and blanketing areas with at least a foot of snow.
Flights to London, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh and other major cities were cancelled as the airport shut for the day, forcing holidaymakers to either travel to a different airport or sit tight until the dangerous weather moved on.
Towering waves have been pictured slamming into the coastline while, in Denia, seawater was filmed gushing through the streets of the city.
Snow drifts have also built up inland as a seven-hour shower in Villena, Valencia, left the city’s 35,000 inhabitants cut off after up to three inch piles of the white stuff blocked roads.
A red alert was issued for Storm Gloria yesterday, before it smashed into the region, warning it would bring heavy rain, snow, up to 75mph winds and waves that could reach eight feet in height.
It is expected to move towards the north-west of Spain tomorrow, with the bad weather unlikely to subside before Wednesday, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) said.
A 54-year-old Romanian woman died from hypothermia in Gandia, Valencia, following the vicious weather, local media reports. A 44-year-old man also died yesterday when he was run over by a van that lost control in snow-covered Santander, Asturias.
Terrifying footage shows waves sweeping into Denia, Alicante and appearing to surround people trapped in their cars.
The beach in Javea, further down the coast, has been pictured strewn with rubble and bits of wood washed up as the storm battered the headland.
Storefronts were also pictured smashed on the city’s contents, with glass panels and furniture strewn across the pavement outside.
Waves have been filmed rearing up to several feet high before slamming against the coastline in Calpe, Alicante, by the Alicante Meteorological Project.
The river Algar, in the mountains, has also been filmed bursting its banks and gushing over a tourist viewing platform at the Algar waterfall in a torrent of rapidly moving water.
As the storm hammered its way over the Spanish mainland the rain froze, causing a deluge of snow to fall over inland areas in the interior of Valencia and Alicante.
The 35,000 residents of Villen, Valencia, were isolated this morning after a seven-hour snowfall left snow drifts between two and three inches high blocking roads into and out of the town.
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#Cyclone #Tino intensifies to category 3, approaching #Tonga with ‘very destructive’ winds up to 160km/h
Tropical Cyclone Tino is now category three, classed as “severe”. Image / Fiji MetService
A “severe” tropical cyclone bearing down on Tonga has intensified to category 3 with “very destructive” winds up to 160km/h.
Two people are reported missing and dozens more forced to seek shelter in evacuation centres after Tropical Cyclone Tino passed over Fiji overnight.
Flooding has been reported in parts of Vanua Levu and Taveuni.
The storm was upgraded to category 2 overnight but since further intensified to category three this morning with mean winds up to 160km/h, described as “very destructive, according to the Fiji Metservice
Tino was still intensifying and moving southeast in the direction of Tonga.
The Fiji Disaster Management Office says it’s pre-positioned some relief supplies that can be used as soon as the cyclone passes over Vanua Levu.
Director Vaisiti Soko told RNZ already more than 100 people are being looked after in evacuation centres across the country.
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A “tornado” left a trail of destruction when it struck coastal villages in Hampshire.
People in Barton-on-Sea and Ashley were woken by howling winds and lashing rain in the early hours of Friday.
Homes were damaged, fencing was flattened and a 6ft-high (1.8m) wall was brought down.
Dave Thorne, from Barton, described the noise as “really, scarily loud”. BBC Weather presenter Simon King said radar images supported the tornado claims.
Mr Thorne said he heard an “almighty crash” and his window frames broke inward at about 04:00 GMT.
“The wind noise increased dramatically and there was rain and debris lashing,” he said.
“It’s like the tornado has gone up the road – there is a clear line of destruction from the direction of the sea heading inland.”
He said fence panels in Seaward Avenue were brought down, with one appearing to have been blown 40ft (12m) before crashing through a window.
“I’ve never seen or heard anything like it,” said Mr Thorne. “It felt cataclysmic.”
Another resident, David Sullivan, said there was damage to the roof of his flat, with many tiles torn off.
“We’re used to bad weather here, but we’ve never had the like of this before,” he said.
Martin Young, who also lives in the cliff-top village, said he could feel his house shaking and it was “frightening” for up to 30 seconds.
“It’s taken out walls that have been stood for 50 years,” he said.
“It’s lifted complete sections of heavy fencing and thrown them probably 30-40 metres into a block of flats.”
A resident of nearby Ashley said: “It made a sound like a train passing followed by a bang on the roof.
“Three of my neighbour’s fence panels have blown out. One has travelled about 20ft (6m) into my garden.”
BBC Weather presenter Simon King said radar images showing conditions at about 04:00 would support residents’ claims of a tornado.
A Met Office spokeswoman concurred that the overnight weather conditions in the area were conducive to tornadoes forming, but could not confirm if it was without video evidence.
There are thought to be about 30 tornadoes in the UK each year, according to the Met Office.
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Two people have died and more than 2,000 evacuated after Tropical Cyclone Sarai brought strong winds and heavy rain to south-east Fiji.
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Fiji reported 1 fatality in Kadavu, while one person drowned in flood waters in Vunidawa in Naitasiri District on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island.
Fiji Roads Authority said that 1 road was closed in the Northern Division, 21 roads closed in the Western Division and 15 roads closed in the Central Division.
The cyclone did not make landfall but its close proximity to Fiji brought strong winds and heavy rain, with Kadavu and Lau islands thought to be hardest hit. Fiji Meteorological Service reported gusts of around 150 km/h and rainfall of over 120mm in 24 hours in some areas.
As of 30 December the number of people in Evacuation Centres had fallen to under 500. NDMO said it will deploy its response team to the islands of Kadavu and Southern Lau once Sarai had moved away.
Fiji Meteorological Service said that, as of 30 December, Sarai was located about 65km east of Ono-i-Lau or 210 km south-southeast of Kabara. Cyclone Sarai is expected to exit Fiji water by 31 December and move towards Tonga.
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