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Skier killed in France as Storm Eleanor batters Europe

Francois Lo Presti, AFP | Waves crash against the seafront of Wimereux, northern France, as storm Eleanor hits France on January 3, 2018.

Winter storm Eleanor swept across Europe on Wednesday, causing widespread damage and disruptions that have snarled transport and cut power to tens of thousands of people.

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  • A 21-year-old skier was killed by a falling tree at Morillon in the French Alps while 15 people have been injured by the storm across the country, four of them seriously.
  • France's national electricity provider says some 225,000 households are without electricity across the country.

  • Heavy winds forced authorities to close the airports in Strasbourg and Basel-Mulhouse on France's border with Germany and Switzerland before they were reopened shortly after midday.

  • In Ireland, power supply company ESB said electricity had been restored to 123,000 customers, while 27,000 remained without power.

  • The storm is now heading for the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, where meteorologists are warning of violent gusts that could reach 200kmh.

See how the day's events unfolded on our live blog below.

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