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Storms hit Europe


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

A violent storm packing winds of up to 160 kilometers per hour battered parts of western Europe Wednesday, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes across France, Britain and Ireland without power and causing damage to trains and roads in Germany.


The storm, which included heavy rain, hail and lightning, also led to some bridge and road closures in England. In southwestern England, extremely high tides caused the partial collapse of a harbor wall in Cornwall, bringing seawater flooding in. 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 160 kilometers per hour in Cumbria, 450 kilometers northwest of London, early Wednesday morning when the storm peaked. The storm then crossed the English Channel to damage power systems in France and Germany.


France’s national electricity provider says it left some 200,000 households without electricity across the country, including 30,000 in the Paris region. Paris’ airport authority said that flights have been disrupted with slight delays stemming from precautions being taken to safely get travelers into aircraft.


In Germany, zoos were closed, roads were flooded and a train derailed as the storm battered many regions. 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.


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