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Five people have died in Italy due to Storm Ciarán, while Spain has evacuated 800 individuals as a wildfire continues to spread. This is the latest update from Europe.

Yesterday, Europe experienced heavy rain and winds reaching speeds of 200km/h (124mph), causing damage to homes and resulting in the closure of schools. Airlines and train companies also had to suspend their services due to the severe weather conditions.

A falling tree in the Aisne department of northern France resulted in the death of a truck driver, according to authorities on Thursday. In addition, over 1.2 million individuals lost power, including approximately half of Brittany’s population.

A man, aged 70, passed away in Le Havre when he fell from his balcony due to the strong winds of Storm Ciarán. In central Madrid, a woman died after being struck by a fallen tree and three others were injured. The police have determined the incidents were caused by the extreme winds from the storm.

Two people died in central Ghent, Belgium, after being hit by falling branches from trees. One of the victims was five years old, while the other was a 64-year-old German woman visiting Belgium. A third was seriously injured in the port city of Antwerp when a high wall gave way in record winds, authorities said.

According to local media, a tree in the southern province of Limburg, specifically in Venray, caused the death of a person by crushing them. Additionally, at least 10 other individuals were hurt by debris that was flying around the Netherlands, with three of them being in critical condition.

The German fire department reported on Thursday that a 46-year-old woman from Bavaria, who was vacationing with her husband and two children, died when a tree fell on her while hiking near Rammelsberg in the Harz mountains.

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Boats washed ashore on the sand on the beach of Pornichet, Brittany. Winds up to 180km/h slammed the French Atlantic coast overnight along with violent rains and huge waves as Storm Ciarán uprooted trees and blew out windows.

This morning, reports were posted about Italy’s ongoing struggle with the effects of Storm Ciarán.

Italian firefighters work to evacuate people from flooded houses in Campi Bisenzio, near Florence, after Storm Ciarán hit Tuscany late on 2 November 2023.

Photos from Tuscany, taken during the night in Italy.

Italian firefighters work in flooded streets in the Tuscany region, Italy, November 3, 2023. Several people died and went missing in the central region of Tuscany as Storm Ciaran battered western Europe.
This photo taken and handout on November 3, 2023 by the Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian Corps. of Firefighters, shows Italian firefighters working to evacuate people from flooded houses in Campi Bisenzio, near Florence, after the storm Ciaran hit Tuscany, late on November 2, 2023.

A weather update has been issued regarding the forecasted heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and hail that will begin this afternoon and continue until Sunday midday. This has resulted in overflowing rivers and severe flooding in Italy overnight.

The president of Tuscany, Eugenio Giani, declared a state of emergency, characterizing the circumstances as “extremely grave”.

“He took to social media to share that the regional civil protection system had endured a lengthy and intricate night. He also mentioned that all efforts and resources were being tirelessly utilized.”

The mayor of Prato, located near Florence, expressed shock upon seeing the destruction caused by the storm, which resulted in the deaths of two elderly individuals.

“He expressed that it was a gut-wrenching experience that would bring tears to one’s eyes,” he continued. The Santo Stefano hospital in the city was also flooded. “In the wake of this destruction, we will work diligently to restore our city to its usual state,” Biffoni stated.

Unfortunately, an older gentleman was the third casualty resulting from a flooded care facility in Rosignano, situated close to the port town of Livorno. The strong winds, reaching speeds of 120km/h, were responsible for the disaster.

An additional three individuals were reported as missing as of Friday morning.

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Today, we will examine the ongoing effects of Storm Ciarán, which caused destruction in several European nations this week, resulting in deaths in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, and Italy.

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Source: theguardian.com