The north east of Spain is hit by the worst winter storm in nearly 40 years. There are reports of several persons, who have died, and of 220,000 people lost Tuesday in several hours the flow in the region of Catalonia.

In all, four died, writes the Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s.

Snemasser forcing schools to stay closed, and roads and railways are difficult congested.

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Big waves at Barcelona, Spain. Photo: Josep Lago/Ritzau Scanpix

The national weather service of Spain, Aemet, has put most of the northeast of Spain in the alarm condition. The storm has been given the name Gloria has been in the grip since Sunday.

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It is hard to move around in Barcelona because of the violent wind. Photo: Josep Lago/Ritzau Scanpix

A few tourists, who do not want to miss a selfie with the fierce storm. Photo: Nacho Doce/Ritzau Scanpix

There have been measured wind speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour, and it is pouring down with snow and rain that turns to ice. Big waves pounding against the beach walks and has destroyed the shops and restaurants.

In the region of Girona in northeastern Catalonia, the smoke flow past Tuesday to 220.000 people, informed the local rescue service.

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With the storm, there are also heavy amounts of snow. Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/Ritzau Scanpix

the Motorway AP7 is an important lastbilrute, which connects Spain with France. It was blocked in the middle of the border because of the large amounts of snow. Also train traffic in the area is affected because of snemasserne.

the BBC reports that Gloria Monday also caused devastation in the region of Valencia and The Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a part of.

the Storm has forced the airport in Alicante to close. This has led to the cancellation of nearly 200 flights.

the Pyrenees are hit on Tuesday, and in the south of France, preparing the authorities for the worst.