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Deadly storm batters Spain, Portugal and France

Deadly storm batters Spain, Portugal and France
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It has been a long night in storm-lashed France where floodwaters have forced many to flee and claimed at least ten lives.

The Western Vendee region was one of the worst hit areas as extreme weather swept in from Spain and Portugal where it had already wreaked havoc.

“This lady picked us up on the road,” said a woman at a makeshift shelter, explaining how she fled from her home which was a metre deep in water.

At least three deaths are being linked to the storm in Spain, where winds reached 228 kilometres an hour.

In Portugal, where strong winds also left a trail of damage, a 10-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree in the north.

The storm headed in from the Atlantic Ocean where it hit Portugal’s resort island of Madeira, still reeling from killer floods earlier this month. And Spain’s Canary Islands were not spared either.

It is now moving north, making its way to Denmark. In the meantime, the stormy weather has been heading Britain’s way. Much of the United Kingdom is on flood alert amid forecasts of torrential rain and powerful winds.