A The storm, which moved east after hitting the Atlantic coast, caused five deaths in Tuscany, in north-central Italy, where record rainfall was recorded, local authorities announced.
“What happened last night in Tuscany has a name: climate change,” said the province’s governor, Eugenio Giani.
The government declared a state of emergency for the region in order to mobilize exceptional financial and material resources to respond to the crisis.
A first state aid package of five million euros was approved by the Council of Ministers, announced the head of the executive, Giorgia Meloni.
In Florence, “the situation is critical”, warned the Mayor, Dario Nardella, in X.
The River Arno is expected to reach its peak flood level during the day today.
Falling trees caused by violent gusts of wind were the cause of several fatal accidents: two victims in Belgium – including a 5-year-old Ukrainian child playing outdoors in Ghent – two in France, one in the center of Madrid, one in Germany and a seventh in the Netherlands.
In Portugal, it was the strong swell caused by Ciaran in the Atlantic Ocean that caused a tragedy: three people died when a sailboat flying the Danish flag ran aground on a beach in the center of the country.
The storm caused major disruption to rail traffic in Belgium, particularly in Flanders.
Maritime traffic was also interrupted on Thursday in the port area of Antwerp. Brussels airport experienced numerous delays.
In France, the two fatalities were a 70-year-old man who fell in Le Havre (northwest) after being hit by the shutters of his house due to strong winds and a truck driver who died in the north of the country when a tree fell onto the road. your truck.
Sixteen people, including seven firefighters, were injured in the same area, one of them seriously.
French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, reported a total of 47 injuries in France.
Just over half a million homes remained without electricity this morning, according to government spokesman Olivier Véran.
According to Véran, 1.2 million homes had no electricity the day before.
Beaune also warned of the extension of the disturbances caused by Ciaran, especially in the north of the country, until Saturday.
Regional train services in western France were suspended until Friday morning.
The island of Jersey, in the English Channel, is on red alert, recording winds that reached 160 km/h.
On the island, 35 people had to stay in hotels after their homes were damaged, according to authorities.
All flights were canceled at Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney airports.
In Cornwall, in southwest England, more than 8,500 homes were left without electricity.
At Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, around 200 flights, mainly to nearby European destinations, were canceled on Thursday. Rail and boat traffic was also affected.
In Great Britain, winds approached 200 km/h.
In eastern Spain, a forest fire that started on Thursday was fueled by strong winds and was still raging in the Valencia region today.
More than 800 people were forced to leave their homes as the flames raged, local authorities said.
Wind gusts of up to 120km/h were hampering the efforts of the 200 firefighters mobilized to fight the fire in Spain.
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