Storm Gloria forecast and path – where is it now?

STORM Gloria has been described as one of the worst winter storms for France’s southernmost Mediterranean region since 1982.

This storm has already been linked to at least four deaths and it continues to rage on.

A woman is pictured during Storm Gloria on Maresme coast near Barcelona
A woman is pictured during Storm Gloria on Maresme coast near Barcelona
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Where is Storm Gloria now?

Storm Gloria is over Pyrénées-Orientales, which is France’s southernmost Mediterranean region.

The area has been put on high alerts and the A9 motorway on the French side of the border was shut as a precaution.

Météo France forecaster Olivier Proust told Franceinfo that Gloria is the worst storm to hit the region in the winter since January 1982.

Aside from plunging temperatures, Storm Gloria is bringing 75mph winds, 25ft waves and snow storms.

The storm is expected to batter the region until Wednesday, January 22.

What areas has Storm Gloria hit the worst?

The Spanish regions of Valencia and the Balearic Islands were the worst-hit on Monday, January 20.

More than 30 Spanish provinces were put on high alert as heavy floods and strong winds caused havoc.

Port authorities recorded waves reached about 25 feet.

At least 120 councils were forced to close schools.

Alicante airport was also shut, leading to the cancellation of almost 200 flights.

Airport operators confirmed at 4pm today 21 flights due to land in Valencia had been diverted, some as far afield as Malaga and Madrid, and another ten cancelled because of high winds.

The Civil Guard in Alicante said it helped 589 people and 152 vehicles affected by Storm Gloria between 8am and 2pm local time.

In the northeasterly province of Girona, 220,000 residents were without power, according to emergency services.

More than 1,600 miles of road has been covered with snow.

The red and purple in this WX chart shows where Storm Gloria will be on January 22
The red and purple in this WX chart shows where Storm Gloria will be on January 22

How many people have died?

The storm has killed four people in Spain since Sunday.

A 54-year-old homeless woman froze to death in a park in Spain.

A 43-year-old man from the northern city of Oviedo was killed on Sunday as he was fitting snow chains on his car tyres.

The tragedy happened near a ski station near his home when he was hit by a van whose driver lost control of his vehicle because of the snow.

The third victim is a man, 63, who died after being hit by tiles from a roof in the village of Pedro Bernardo near the cathedral city of Avila.

Another man was found dead outside his home showing signs of hypothermia on Monday morning, according Spanish media who quoted the mayor of the Valencian town of Moixent.

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