Storms Elsa and Fabien unleash damage from France and Spain to Italy

23.12.2019

At least nine deaths have been associated with the dual storms that rocked western and central Europe from Friday into Sunday.

Seven of the deaths were reported in Spain and two others in Portugal, according to The Guardian, Accuweather reports.

Violent winds associated with the storms caused significant damage in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy and caused widespread travel disruptions.

The strong winds resulted in more than 118,000 power outages, the majority of which were reported in France.

A peak wind gust of 206.6 km/h (128.4 mph) was reported in northern Corsica.



The town of Bastia reported its highest wind gust in history, when winds peaked at 169.9 (105 mph).

Strong winds also blasted western France with a peak wind of 148 km/h (92.0 mph) reported in Cap-FĂ©ret and St-Jean-de-Luz.

In Spain, the stormy weather cut power to around 8,000 homes in Galacia and forced eight parks in Madrid to be closed on Saturday.

The storm caused damage as it struck Italy Saturday night into Sunday.

Wind gusts over 85 km/h (50 mph) were reported in Rome resulting in downed trees.

Gusty winds will continue across Italy and the Balkan Peninsula into Monday as Fabien tracks over southeast Europe.

A fast-moving storm will bring rain and wind from the United Kingdom to northern France and Germany Monday night into Tuesday; otherwise, a period of more tranquil weather is expected this week across areas affected by Elsa and Fabien. Accuweather