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Weather chaos continues on Christmas Eve

Weather chaos continues on Christmas Eve
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Weather conditions across Europe are continuing to wreak travel chaos on Christmas Eve. In the UK, snow, ice and freezing fog are hampering road and air travel.

There is still a backlog of Eurostar passengers at London’s St Pancras station. The cross-channel rail company is not yet back to normal operations, after the three-day stoppage caused by bad weather earlier this week. With only two-thirds of scheduled trains running, there is now a special shuttle service operating.

Most of Spain is on red-alert over the Christmas period, with warnings of more heavy rain, gale-force winds and snow to come in the following days. In the mountains, it will snow between altitudes of 900 and 1,200 metres.

In the south of Spain, heavy rain closed motorways as the number of road accidents shot up.
Overnight, power lines were also cut by high winds.

Over a quarter of a million people in Portugal are without electricity, after hurricanes lashed the country and the torrential rain affected power transformers. The Porto region has experienced winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour, felling trees and flooding homes. In Torres Vedras, 66 kilometres north of Lisbon, a municipal state of emergency has been declared.