Spain is grappling with the consequences of Storm Ciarán from the UK, resulting in widespread disruptions, diverted flights, and safety advisories. The storm’s heavy rain and gusts, reaching speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour, have been particularly felt in northern regions. Along the Atlantic coast, waves as high as 10 meters are anticipated.
In Madrid, parks have been temporarily closed due to the risk of falling branches. Tragically, a 23-year-old woman lost her life in Madrid when a tree fell, as confirmed by Emergencias Madrid.
Travel has been severely affected, with a flight from Lanzarote to Santiago de Compostela having to be diverted to Seville airport. Airport management company Aena reported a total of 46 flight diversions or cancellations, including 8 cancellations and 1 diversion in Madrid, 13 cancellations in Bilbao, 4 in San Sebastián, 3 in Asturias, 4 in Barcelona, and 4 diversions in Valencia, among other locations.
In Spain’s northern region of Galicia, train services have been suspended between Ourense and Vigo and between A Coruña and Ferrol. Renfe, the state-owned train operator, has modified its services due to the current situation and the forecast of strong winds. An alternative road transport service has been provided. However, emergency services, including 112 Emergencias Andalucía, have strongly advised motorists to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary due to the adverse weather conditions.