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Strong winds strike France, Germany and the Netherlands

Strong winds strike France, Germany and the Netherlands
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A major storm that battered Britain has also struck hard across mainland Europe.

In France, winds of up to 160 kilometres per hour swept across the north and northwest, causing widespread damage on land, whipping up seas and cutting power supplies to 75,000 homes.

A massive sea search was launched for a woman rambler who was blown off a cliff on Belle-ile, a popular tourist island off Brittany.

Authorities in the Netherlands shut down several parts of Amsterdam after two people were killed and another seriously hurt by falling trees.

In Germany, a sailor died when his boat capsized in a lake near Cologne.

Elsewhere, in Belgium, the bad weather has forced dozens of plane and train cancellations.

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