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    Storm Eleanor Leaves 1 Dead, Dozens Injured in France - Reports

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    The storm Eleanor left at least one person dead and 15 injured in France, with power cuts in 110,000 households, local media reported on Wednesday. The French Ministry of the Interior said that the number of people injured has risen to 26.

    According to the Ouest-France outlet, a young man, 21, was killed by a fallen tree at a ski station in the department of Haute-Savoie in the southwest of France.

    Four people, out of the 15 who suffered injuries in the storm, were seriously wounded.

    According to the outlet, 110,000 households were without power as of 15:30 GMT, while EDF energy company counted as many as 225,000 clients affected by the storm at its worst.

    Meanwhile, French Ministry of the Interior reported that the number of people affected by the foul weather has risen to 26.

    "As for people, one skier was killed in Haute-Savoie, four people were seriously injured and 22 were lightly injured," the ministry said.

    According to the official statement, 35,000 households remain without power, while the media reports earlier suggested that over 100,000 homes had their power cut.

    The ministry added that heavy snowfall was to be expected in the Alps as well as a heightened risk of avalanches. French officials also warned about the risk of floods in the valley of the Seine river.

    In addition, the Eiffel tower in Paris was closed to visitors for some time during the day, but re-opened in the afternoon.


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