Western Europe recovers from heavy storms
South-Western France and Northern Spain are recovering from a severe storm that has ravaged local homes and infrastructure, claiming the lives of over 20 people, 4 of them children. Hundreds of thousands of people in both France and Spain were stranded without heat or power due to extensive power line damage caused by the storm. Some airport and railroad services had to be suspended until after the storm.
At least 20 people were killed in various incidents as the fiercest storm in a decade blew in from the Atlantic.
Torrential rains and winds of up to 184km/h (114mph) were reported.
Earlier, the mayor of a Spanish town near Barcelona declared three days of mourning for four children killed when a sports hall's roof collapsed.
A thousand workers from the French electricity grid operator, ERDF, are trying to restore power to around 800,000 homes that are still without power.
Meanwhile in Spain, the electricity network operator, Red Electrica de Espana (REE), said the winds had disrupted supply on 17 lines in the north of the country. Tens of thousands of people in Galicia and Catalonia are without power.
See previous weekend coverage done by NP member Uwe Paschen here.