Win­ter storm bat­ters Europe

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - World News -

PARIS. - A pow­er­ful win­ter storm bat­tered Europe yes­ter­day, killing one woman and leav­ing 330 000 homes with­out power in France as flights and train ser­vices were can­celled and coastal ar­eas put on flood alert. Bri­tain is­sued nearly a dozen se­vere flood warn­ings, mean­ing there was a risk of se­vere flood­ing and dan­ger to life, and urged thou­sands of peo­ple to evac­u­ate their homes in sev­eral sea­side com­mu­ni­ties.

The storm, of­fi­cially named Egon, also bat­tered Bel­gium and Ger­many, where the key in­ter­na­tional hub of Frank­furt air­port can­celled 120 flights, ac­cord­ing to Ger­man me­dia. Eurostar can­celled two trains be­tween London and Paris, while 180 pas­sen­gers were forced to spend a chilly night on a high-speed Thalys train from Brussels to the French cap­i­tal that fi­nally ar­rived 10 hours late.

“We stopped on the tracks at around 9pm,” said Ed­uardo Soteras, a pas­sen­ger on the train. -

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