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Extremely Strong Storm Ciarán Hits England and Western Europe; Millions Out of Power

A deadly storm hit England and Western European countries leaving millions without power. At least 5 people are dead, and several people have been injured from Wednesday night to Thursday.

Winds of 118 mph plus slammed the Northwest of France, severely damaging the area by uprooting trees and blowing out windows.

“A truck driver was killed when his vehicle was hit by a tree in northern France’s inland Aisne region,” Transport Minister Clement Beaune said. “Another person has been badly injured at a university in the northern city of Roubaix, and 15 other people were hurt around western and northern France,” authorities announced. Seven of the injured were emergency workers.

A woman in Madrid died when a tree fell on her. The storm battered much of Spain, with heavy rain and gale-force winds. Three others were slightly injured on a city center street. Parks around the nation were closed, and several trains and flights were canceled.

The United Kingdom had been in preparation for storm surges, flooding, and impact, and inland as far as Belgium and North Germany are experiencing the impact of this mega-storm. Thousands are currently without power on the island nation.

Ciarán is expected to weaken by November 3.

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