The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Winter storm batters Europe


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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