Ciarán kills 7 and injures dozens

Friday, November 3, 2023


Storm Ciarán battered north-west Europe with torrential rain and winds of up to 200km/h (124mph).

It killed at least seven people and injured dozens.

Also, it damaged homes and forced schools to close and airlines and train companies to halt services.

A truck driver died by a falling tree in the Aisne département of northern France, authorities said on Thursday.

More than 1.2 million people lost their electricity supply, including about half the population of Brittany.

A 70-year-old man died in Le Havre after falling off his balcony in an accident. Police described as linked to Storm Ciarán’s record-breaking winds.

In Spain a woman died when a tree fell on her in central Madrid and three people had injury. Two people died in central Ghent due to falling branches from trees.

One of the victims was five years old, while the other one was a 64-year-old German woman visiting Belgium.

A third got injuries in the port city of Antwerp. This happened when a high wall gave way in record winds, authorities said.

As per the local media, a person died due to falling of a tree in Venray. This happened in the southern province of Limburg.

At least 10 people received injuries by flying debris around the country. At least 3 had serious injuries.

The German fire service also said on Thursday that a 46-year-old woman from Bavaria died when a tree fell on her. This happened while she was out hiking near Rammelsberg in the Harz mountains.

She was on a family holiday with her husband and two children

As huge waves slammed into French ports and shorelines, 15 people, including seven firefighters received injuries by falling trees, mainly in Brittany.

Here authorities in Finisterre urged people to stay at home to avoid winds of 207 km/h (129 mph).

Local authorities closed parks, forests and seafronts, cancelled local trains and shut all roads in Finisterre.

The authorities also relocated more than 1,300 people mainly from camp sites and evacuated several houses in Brest after a crane toppled over.

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