The Eiffel Tower was closed today Due to the Eleanor Storm

The Eiffel Tower was closed today Due to the Eleanor Storm

Britain was battered by winds of up to 100mph yesterday as Storm Eleanor smashed through the country.

ESB teams have been working in hard conditions last night and this morning to restore power to 134,000 homes, farms and businesses who suffered loss of electricity during Storm Eleanor yesterday evening, predominantly in counties Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Cavan and Monaghan. Unlike Ophelia, Eleanor was accompanied by heavy rain.

Two people drowned on Spain's northern Basque coast after being hit by a huge wave and a skier was killed in the French Alps by a falling tree.

The top deck of the Eiffel Tower in Paris has been closed to the public due to winds of over 50mph (80kmph).

About 225,000 homes across France were without electricity, while "particularly intense" flooding was expected on the Atlantic coasts.

Debris from a roof in Stuttgart, Germany.

Tens of thousands of people are without electricity, and air travel has come to a halt. In total, the Interior Ministry said nine people in France were injured, with four said to be in serious condition following accidents caused by the winds.

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Eight people were injured in Switzerland after strong winds blew a train carriage off its tracks.

A Twitter post from the company said: 'Our operational teams are busy repairing damages affecting the remaining customers.

Overturned vehicles forced officials to close portions of three major highways in England.

Gatwick airport also appeared to be suffering some delays this morning and Flybe warned of disruption to its Amsterdam flights from London City Airport due to poor weather in Holland.

In anticipation of 3-metre flood surges, the country's flood barrier on the North Sea was also being activated, the first time it has been pressed into service since a storm in 2014.

She said: "The outfall pipe itself wasn't affected by the storm, but the wind and waves along the promenade were extreme and there has been a bit of damage to some of the equipment stored there".

It is the fourth battering the county's coastline has taken in as many months, following on from Storm Brian and ex-hurricane Ophelia which both ripped through in October, followed by storm Caroline in early December.

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