Spain is in a race against time to clear roads covered by heavy snow, and get Covid vaccines and food supplies to areas affected by Storm Filomena.

Up to 50cm of snow fell on the capital Madrid, one of the worst hit areas, between Friday and Saturday.

At least four people died and thousands of travellers were left stranded. Catherine and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:37 – Story
2:06 – Headline 1: Storm Filomena Blankets Most of Spain With Snow
5:11 – Headline 2: Storn Filomena blankets Spain with snow and wreaks havoc
8:49 – Headline 3: In pictures: Swathes of Spain under drifts of snow as weather alerts remain in place
10:48 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:
covers completely with a layer of something

  • Volcanoes blanket the ground with ash.
  • A blanket of snow covered the entire city.

wreaks havoc
causes chaos or damage

  • Trump’s supporters wreaked havoc in the Capitol.
  • The children’s party wreaked havoc on the restaurant.

large areas

  • Swathes of rainforest are in danger of being lost forever.
  • Swathes of Europe are under coronavirus lockdown.

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