Two people died in Spain as snow blanketed the country, causing travel mayhem and shutting the airport in Madrid, as the city suffered the worst snowfall in decades.
A woman died trapped in her car when a river burst its banks near the southern Spanish city of Malaga, and a homeless person froze to death in Calatayud, in the eastern part of the country as Storm Filomena pelted the country, Reuters reported.
“Let’s avoid travel and follow the instructions of the emergency services, ” said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in a tweet. “Let’s be extremely careful in the face of the storm.”
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In Madrid, where the airport shut down Friday and would remain closed through Saturday, skiers took to the city’s empty Gran Via, normally one of the busiest streets in the capital. Nearly 150 soldiers were dispatched throughout the city where drivers were stranded for hours in their vehicles.