Storm Eleanor produced chaos battering Europe this week

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A volunteer rescuer was reported missing after rushing to help when a car plunged into an overflowing river. The resort of Val d’Isere closed its runs for the day because of heavy snowfall, while Chamonix said it was shutting many of its lifts as a precautionary measure. Rain and high winds brought by Eleanor lashed parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom . Gusts of 100 mph were recorded in the Pennines, a range of mountains and hills in northern England.

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400 firefighters on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica were battling blazes fanned by Eleanor’s strong gusts of wind, with three people injured in a fire overnight. More than 40 towns in south-west Spain have brought forward their Epiphany parades  celebrating the coming of the three wise men with gifts for Jesus to Thursday because of heavy rain forecast for Friday. Hundreds of thousands have been left without power in France. The top deck of the Eiffel Tower in Paris has been closed to the public due to winds of over 50mph (80kph).  Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands have all been hit by the heavy winds and rain. A train was derailed by wind in Switzerland, injuring eight people. The storm disrupted transport in northern Europe. Over a fifth of flights to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport were cancelled.

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