Winter woes as Joachim strikes

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Winter woes as Joachim strikes

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Winter has unleashed its fury with Storm Joachim causing chaos across Europe.

In Brittany in northern France the crew of a cargo ship had to be winched to safety after it ran aground.

Hundreds of thousands were without electricity on Friday morning as winds of 130 kilometres per hour swept the region and headed inland.

The weather also caused transport problems with many trains cancelled. Thousands were stranded at Nantes station.

“It’s a pain but it doesn’t matter. I’m on holiday anyway so it doesn’t matter,” said one traveller.

“I was going to St Germain-en-Laye for my Godmother’s 100th birthday. I’m really unlucky because last year, for her 99th birthday it was snowing,” added another.

In the Swiss canton of Jura three people were injured when two wagons of a train derailed after hitting a fallen tree. There were also problems on Lake Geneva.

Heavy snowfall is upsetting traffic in Germany. However ski resorts are breathing a sigh of relief – after a prolonged autumn the white stuff has finally arrived just in time for the Christmas break.