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Cold and chaos as storm batters Europe over festive season

Cold and chaos as storm batters Europe over festive season
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The storm that killed two people on Monday continues to batter the UK, with Scotland and Northern Ireland feeling most of the force. There winds could reach more than 140 kilometres per hour.

There are severe weather and flood warnings in place across Britain.

A woman has died in a car crash in the Midlands due to difficult driving conditions.

“Plan your journeys properly, tell somebody where you’re going and from time to time obviously report in on where you are and how you’re getting on and be really patient,” advises Frank Bird of the UK Highways Agency:

Flights have been delayed and cancelled at various UK airports – including London Gatwick where the North Terminal suffered a power cut.

Some 150,000 homes are without electricity in the south of England.

Floods in the UK

The storm is making its way to Spain and Portugal, though so far they have only been hit by heavy rain – escaping the gale-force winds.

Across the Channel, northern France has been hit the hardest, with 240,000 homes without power in Normandy and Brittany.

A teenager was killed when a wall collapsed on a building site in Normandy.

Winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour are expected on Christmas Eve.

Weather conditions have caused delays to some train journeys, but none of the national rail lines are out of service according to national rail authority SNCF.

French naval authorities said a Russian sailor was reported missing after being blown overboard a cargo ship off the coast of Brest.

Wave surges on the French coast