Atlantic Storm Kills at Least 13 in Europe

PARIS, Feb. 28 (UPI) — An Atlantic storm killed at least 13 people along the coasts of Spain and France and left more than 1 million people without power, police said.

The storm dubbed “Xynthia” also battered Britain, Portugal and the Netherlands, Expatica reported Sunday.


Winds gusted up to 93 mph along the coast of France, where five people were reported dead in La-Faute-sue-Mer and l’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, said Herve Rose, a government spokesman in Vendee.

An 88-year-old woman was found drowned in her home on the island of Oleron in Charentes-Maritime and two people, including a 10-year-old boy, were found dead in Charentes-Maritime, Sky News reported.

Four people were reported dead in Spain and one person in Portugal, police said.

Major airports in France and Spain, including Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, canceled or delayed hundreds of flights.

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