Deadly Winter Storm Batters Europe

By Anna Breuer on 3 January 2018
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A major winter storm swept through much of Europe on Wednesday, bringing with it winds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) and heavy rain. The storm battered homes with hail, cut power to tens of thousands of homes, flooded streets, impacted transport, and uprooted trees.

The severe weather resulted in over 500 flight cancellations and 5,048 flight delays. In Switzerland, a train was blown off its tracks, causing multiple injuries.

One person, a skier in France, died after being hit by a falling tree in Morillon, in the Haute-Savoie region of eastern France. Another person was injured by a falling tree in the Netherlands.

The high tides threatened coastal areas with flooding. In London, authorities had to close the Thames Barrier to protect the city from surging waters. And in Paris, the Eiffel Tower was closed because of the strong winds.

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