Storm Barra strikes Spain: One dead in landslide after ‘worst floods for decades’

Storm Barra: Flooding across Europe as storm arrives

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Northern Spain has been struck by Storm Barra, which has brought wind, rain and snowstorms to the area. A 49-year-old woman is the first victim claimed by the storm, which has swept across western Europe over the last few days.

It is understood that a landslide buried the woman as she sat in her car outside a friend’s house.

The incident occurred in the northern town of Sunbilla, near San Sebastian.

Navarra, a region in northern Spain, is the latest area to be impacted by the storm, after being hit what is being described as the “worst floods for decades”.

The area remains on an orange weather alert throughout Saturday.

In the area, rivers have burst the banks causing roads to flood.

Apartment blocks and businesses have also been affected by the floods.

The orange alert predicts more devastation for the area, with gale-force winds up to 90km/h, rain and waves up to seven meters high.

Regions of northern and eastern Spain have also been issued weather warnings because of the storm.

An orange alert has also been issued for parts of northern Aragon and northern Catalunya, who are at risk of avalanches and strong winds.

The Mediterranean coast of Catalunya and the Balaeric island of Mallorca are on orange alert for 100km/h winds too.

The weather warnings are in place for Saturday, December 11.

Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET has placed no active warnings for Sunday.

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Earlier this week, Storm Barra had battered the UK with 80mph winds.

It is thought that up thousands of people were left without power across the UK and Ireland.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for parts of the UK for wind as the country still recovers from the storm.

The warnings for parts of Scotland are in place from Sunday night until Monday lunchtime.

The Met Office has said the warnings bring a risk of disruption to travel in the region.

The agency has also warned of a danger to life from “flying debris” and “from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties”.

Power outages like those seen across the UK and Ireland in recent days are also expected.

The last homes and businesses without power finally had supply restored on Thursday.

Northern Powergrid confirmed electricity was finally back on in all 240,000 properties affected by the damage.

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