Waves Batter Coastal Towns as Storm Eleanor Reaches France

Waves Batter Coastal Towns as Storm Eleanor Reaches France

Storm Eleanor has battered the United Kingdom and whilst some have seen awful weather conditions, others have been more anxious about their wheelie bins.

Two people drowned on Spain's northern Basque coast after being swept away by a huge wave. It also plunged extensive areas in darkness and caused transportation delays throughout the day, BBC reported.

"We have seen some heavy showers push through across the south of the United Kingdom along with hail, loud thunder and lightning", meteorologist Becky Mitchell said, New Strait Times reported.

The storm also rocked parts of Germany and Austria, where 20 skiers had to be rescued from a cable auto in Kitzbühel after winds dislodged an empty vehicle.

Trees and branches may also have fallen across electricity lines; please do not approach or touch any fallen wires or the tree or branch that they are touching, the warning added.

A large number of trees have come down.

ESB said that of the roughly 150,000 customers who lost their electricity supply during the storm, power had been restored to over 140,000.

RTS television reported that about 14 000 homes were without power in several Swiss cantons.

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A high tide was present on the River Lune last night (Tuesday) and the flood defences were tested on St George's Quay in Lancaster.

Disruption was forecast throughout today as the storm swept across the country overnight carrying heavy rain, hail and dramatic thunder and lightning.

A yellow warning of wind remains active for all of England and Wales, most of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Borders until 6pm on Wednesday after an amber warning was put in place for the early hours.

"Gusts of 50-60mph are likely fairly widely, with some gusts reaching 65-75mph along exposed coasts and over high ground in the west".

The Environment Agency has also issued 45 flood warnings and 78 flood alerts across England as Storm Eleanor brings torrential rain to the UK.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 28 counties after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning. But Dumfries and Galloway, as well as nearly all of the north, including Aberdeen, were issued with flood alerts.

"Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely with some journeys taking longer".

Part of an insurer's job will be to see whether the damage was the result of the storm or due to a lack of general upkeep, which became apparent because of the storm.

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