February 27, 2010 / 1:20 PM / 9 years ago

Spain braces for "perfect storm"

MADRID (Reuters) - The government told Spaniards on Saturday to brace themselves for what meteorologists called “a perfect storm”, with gale-force winds set to sweep across the Iberian peninsula.

“It is going to be a very strong storm that’s going to move quickly across the country,” Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told a news conference.

The government temporarily banned trucks from using highways in parts of the country likely to be hard-hit, including the Atlantic coast, where winds could reach 140 km/h (88 mph).

High winds have already caused power cuts and the cancellation of some flights in the Canary Islands. The storm was set to hit the mainland later on Saturday.

The storm was being caused by warm air pushing from the south and colliding with cold air to the north, Spain’s Meteorology Service said.

Reporting by Raquel Castillo; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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