Storm derails train, closes zoos in Germany

Around 200,000 homes in northern France have lost power due to winter storm Eleanor, according to Enedis, the French power-grid company. The Normandy region was the worst hit by the storm, the company said, adding that Paris and northeastern Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne were also among those badly affected.
Zoos have been closed, roads flooded and a train has derailed as a winter storm batters large parts of Germany.
The German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that a train derailed near Luenen in western Germany when it crashed against a tree that had fallen on the tracks. No injuries were reported.
Highways near Duisburg and Juelich in the west were also partially blocked because of toppled trees and flooding.
The zoos in Munich and Augsburg in Bavaria closed for the day and the railway leading up on Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze, was also shut down because of the bad weather.
A severe storm packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour has battered Britain and Ireland overnight.
The storm, which included heavy rain, hail and lightning left tens of thousands of households in Ireland and Britain without power, and also led to some bridge and road closures.
Extremely high tides also caused the partial collapse of a harbor wall in Cornwall in southwestern Britain.
Overturned vehicles forced officials to close portions of three major highways in England.
The country’s main weather forecaster, the Met Office, says gusts reached 100 mph in Cumbria 280 miles (450 kilometers) northwest of London early Wednesday morning when the storm reached its peak.
Forecasters said gusts of up to 80 mph are possible Wednesday.