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Heavy Snow Cripples Northeast Spain

March 9, 2010 — As many as 220,000 people are without power today following a snowstorm in Spain.

A powerful winter storm has buried roads, blocked rail lines and left thousands of people without power across northeastern Spain today.

The Spanish region of Catalonia has declared a state of emergency, and local meteorologists are calling this the heaviest snowfall in about 25 years.

As many as 220,000 people were without power at some point today due to the storm. Many were evacuated to warmer buildings, but other were stranded in their cars.

There have been all kinds of flight and rail cancellations, and today there was a massive backlog of cars and trucks at La Junquera border crossing with France.

Conditions are forecast to improve late Tuesday, but freezing temperatures could continue to cause problems.

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