Mallorca has been smashed by huge waves and another town filled with foam as a storm continues to lash Spain, leaving four dead and 200,000 without power.
Videos yesterday showed waves crashing over the seafront walls and sending water cascading down the street towards buildings in Cala Ratjada on Mallorca.
While in the Costa Brava holiday resort of Tossa de Mar, locals woke up to the surreal sight of sea foam which had invaded part of the old town. One woman was filmed trying to get into her house in the resort up to her waist in the foam.
Storm Gloria is expected to bring heavy rains to Catalonia today, increasing the risk rivers in areas like Girona could overflow. The Interior Minister has described the storm as ‘exceptional.’
A woman tries to enter her home in the Costa Brava holiday resort of Tossa de Mar with sea foam filling the street up to her waist on Tuesday
Mallorca is smashed by huge waves Tuesday with water seen rushing through the street towards buildings
Nine provinces are still on orange or yellow alert because of high winds and waves, snow and the risk from ice and avalanches.
The Foreign Office has issued an ‘extreme risk’ warning to British tourists after the storm claimed four lives.
They include a 43-year-old engineer killed on Sunday in front of his wife and two children by an out-of-control van as he tried to put snow chains on his tyres near a ski resort in the northern province of Leon.
Overnight it emerged search and rescue teams are looking for two people missing in the Costa Brava town of Palamos and a small town near Barcelona called Begues.
The man missing in Palamos is understood to have fallen into the water as he tried to berth a boat.
The man who vanished in Begues disappeared after failing to return from a walk. He is believed to be aged around 80.
Footage taken from within an entrance to a building showed an apocalyptic wall of water heading straight towards apartments
Footage shows the sea water lashing the apartments and falling heavily down onto the street
Storm Gloria is expected to bring heavy rains to Catalonia today, increasing the risk rivers in areas like Girona could overflow (pictured: a woman enters her home yesterday in Tossa de Mar as foam fills the streets)
Three other people reported missing on Tuesday included a 27-year-old abseiler who became separated from friends in Majorca and a Spanish pensioner whose car was carried away in a flood area as he drove from Benidorm to nearby Callosa d’En Sarria.
Two have yet to be found. The OAP’s vehicle was empty when it was located and searched by firefighters and the search for the abseiler was suspended late yesterday because of bad weather.
Fears another man who went missing in the eastern province of Castellon could become a Storm Gloria victim, were dispelled overnight after it emerged he had been found safe and well in a rural shelter.
He is understood to have vanished after going to check on his cows.
Waves crash into the sea wall in Mallorca on Tuesday and lash into apartment buildings on the coast
Water crashes against the top of an apartment building sending water high into the air yesterday
Waves lashing the coast in Mallorca on Tuesday and crash into apartment buildings
The Costa Blanca, Costa Brava and the Balearic Islands have been among the worst affected areas by the latest storm, which has been battering many parts of Spain in the form of high winds, torrential rain and snow since Sunday.
Alicante Airport, closed last week by a roof fire, had to be shut again for a day and a half from Sunday as a precaution.
A wave nearly 50ft high and described as record-high for the Balearic Islands was recorded off the holiday island of Menorca at 1pm local time yesterday.
Some supermarkets in Mallorca said Tuesday they were running short of certain products because sea conditions had affected shipping from the mainland.
The engineer killed on Sunday has been named as Misael Garcia, from Oviedo in Asturias, northern Spain.
Foam is thrown up into the air by the wind lashing the Costa Brava holiday resort of Tossa de Mar on Tuesday
Foam fills an alley in Tossa de Mar as Storm Gloria continues to lash Spain with further warnings issued for today
Strong winds blow thick sea foam through the streets of Tossa De Mar, Catalonia, Spain January 20, 2020 in this still image taken from social media video
Waves hit the breakwater during a storm in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday
The second victim of Storm Gloria was a 54-year-old homeless Romanian woman who died overnight on Sunday from hypothermia.
She was found dead in a park on Monday morning in the Costa Blanca resort of Gandia.
Local reports said the unnamed woman and her husband had refused a social services’ offer of a bed for the night ahead of the storm and had only accepted blankets and food.
The third victim was a man who died after being hit by tiles from a roof in the village of Pedro Bernardo near the cathedral city of Avila.
The 63-year-old was found dead by a neighbour asked to check on him by worried relatives.
A 71-year-old man died from hypothermia in Moixent in the province of Valencia.
Two woman walk along the promenade of Barcelona where the ‘Gloria’ storm has left strong gusts of wind and rain on January 21, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain
Barceloneta beach during the ‘Gloria’ storm which has left strong gusts of wind and rain on Wednesday
Ports on the nearby island of Menorca have been closed for two days, the La Vanguardia newspaper said.
Another video showed the swollen Onyar River in the northeastern city of Gerona gushing past buildings and almost touching the bottom of some bridges. Authorities warned there was a risk it could break its banks.
Much of Gerona province was without electricity for several hours Tuesday because of a fault in the power connection with France, emergency services said on Twitter.
A view of the beach yesterday in Barcelona as Spain continues to be rocked by Storm Gloria
A man walks along the promenade of Barcelona where the ‘Gloria’ storm has left strong gusts of wind and rain
Many schools remained closed in the northeastern region of Catalonia as well as the Valencia region further south and the inland region of Aragon, Spanish media said.
Traffic authorities said dozens of roads remained impassable because of the snow, including the A7 highway between the northeastern town of Figueres and the French border.
The storm, which whipped up Sunday, has so far claimed lives of three men and one woman.