BANDAS from Spain have battened down the hatches as storms Fien and Gerard have swept the country bringing high winds, heavy snow, rain and rough seas.

One man is known to have died. The 80-year-old man went missing during the storm Monday night. His body was found in the port of the Basque town of Bermeo.

A busload of children trapped by floodwaters in nearby Sondika had to be rescued by emergency services.

Fien has brought an air mass from the Arctic and temperatures have plummeted, with the storm continuing through Friday, according to the Aemet weather service.

The worst of the weather has been in northern Spain, where several regions have activated emergency plans to deal with potential flooding as rivers threaten to overflow their banks.

The northern regions of Spain are beginning to activate flooding protocols as rivers approach capacity. In the rest of the country, alerts have been issued about strong winds that could reach 100 km/h.

Many coastal areas are also on alert for heavy seas, with waves of up to nine meters forecast in Galicia.

Gerard has hit the east coast of the country, bringing more rain and strong winds.

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