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Storm Eleanor lashes Ireland, UK and France

Porthcawl in south Wales, Britain Jan. 3
Porthcawl in south Wales, Britain Jan. 3   -  
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Storm Eleanor has battered Ireland, the UK and France, causing flooding and cutting power to some 250,000 homes.

The storm hit Ireland's fourth largest city Galway particularly hard as high tides forced road closures and filled up shops with muddy water.

On Wednesday, some 27,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity across the country. 

Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said at one stage on Tuesday (Jan.2 ) that 150,000 homes and business were without power.

Some people had to be rescued from the rising waters in kayaks.

UK yellow warning 

The storm is also wreaking havoc in the UK, where the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for "very strong winds" across most of the country and warned of possible injuries from flying debris.

Gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour have been recorded since Tuesday night.

Traffic is being disrupted by fallen power lines and trees. 

Around 20,000 households in Northern Ireland had power cuts overnight.

France hard hit

The storm is now moving further south and has already cut power to 200,000 households in northern France.

The country's northwestern Normandy region was the worst hit, according to Enedis, a unit of state-controlled EDF, along with the area around Paris, northeastern Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne.

The latest weather warning and strong winds come after winter storm Carmen battered western France on Jan. 1, with some 40,000 households in the Brittany region temporarily losing power on Monday.

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