Storm Eleanor wreaks havoc in Europe

Storm Eleanor wreaks havoc in Europe
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At least one person died in France as high winds caused extensive damage throughout Europe disrupting rail and air traffic and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of households.

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Storm Eleanor continues to wreak havoc in Europe.

In France a 21-year-old skier died on the slopes after he was hit by a falling tree in the alpine resort of Morbillon. The Alps region is running its highest alert for the risk of avalanches. In all, 30 people were injured, four seriously, in storms in northern and eastern regions of the country and 20 Departements were put on maximum alert due to high winds.

The storm also caused damage in Corsica where six houses and several acres of land were destroyed by fires in the north of the island.

Residents on the Atlantic Coast and the English Channel are on high alert due to a risk of flooding caused by heavy rains and high seas.

The storm has cut power to 200,000 households in northern France and is set to move to other regions throughout the day with residents in the Normandy region the worst hit. Rail and air traffic has also been disrupted.

Even the capital Paris was affected as violent winds caused the closure of the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile in the Netherlands winds reached a speed of nearly 200 kph.

Elsewhere in Europe, in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany, the storm knocked down trees, caused power failures and disrupted traffic.

But Great Britain suffered the worst damage with major flooding and extensive destruction.

A harbour wall collapsed in Cornwall taking down hundreds of tonnes of masonry while winds of up to 127 kph lashed Wales leaving hundreds of homes without power and hitting transport links.

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