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The Latest: France says 9 seriously injured in strong winds

The Latest: France says 9 seriously injured in strong winds

LONDON/January 03, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)—The Latest on the Storm battering Europe (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

France’s interior ministry says nine people have been injured in a violent Wind storm pummeling the country.

Four people are said to be in serious condition following accidents caused by the winds that reached speeds above 100 mph (160 kph) on Wednesday.

In the Paris region a falling tree hit a car and seriously injured one person, while another resident was seriously hurt falling from a building.

In the Eure-et-Loir, a motorcyclist hit a tree that had been uprooted and fell into the road. In the east, a woman was seriously injured after an object hit her in the head.

First responders have made 3,250 interventions related to some of the worst winds to hit France in years.


10:40 a.m.

Zoos have been closed, roads flooded and a train has derailed as a winter storm batters large parts of Germany.

The German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that a train derailed near Luenen in western Germany when it crashed against a tree that had fallen on the tracks. No injuries were reported.

Highways near Duisburg and Juelich in the west were also partially blocked because of toppled trees and flooding.

The zoos in Munich and Augsburg in Bavaria closed for the day and the railway leading up on Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze, was also shut down because of the bad weather.


10:15 a.m.

A severe storm packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour has battered Britain and Ireland overnight.

The storm, which included heavy rain, hail and lightning left tens of thousands of households in Ireland and Britain without power, and also led to some bridge and road closures.

Extremely high tides also caused the partial collapse of a harbor wall in Cornwall in southwestern Britain.

Overturned vehicles forced officials to close portions of three major highways in England.

The country’s main weather forecaster, the Met Office, says gusts reached 100 mph in Cumbria 280 miles (450 kilometers) northwest of London early Wednesday morning when the storm reached its peak.

Forecasters said gusts of up to 80 mph are possible Wednesday.


10 a.m.

France’s national electricity provider says a violent windstorm has left some 200,000 households without electricity across the country, including 30,000 in the Paris region.

The windstorm battered northern France Wednesday with winds reaching over 90 mph. Photos of destroyed cars, collapsed scaffolding and uprooted trees have appeared across social media.

Some 2,000 agents have been deployed to reconnect the energy supplies in the 49 French departments that have been placed on high alert.

Strong winds also battered Paris’ biggest airport Charles de Gaulle. Paris’ airport authority said that flights have been disrupted with slight delays stemming from precautions being taken to safely get travellers into aircraft.

By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (JS)

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