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  • 6 February 2014, 19:54

Freak Weather Places Europe On Red Alert

Freak weather has left countries across Europe on a state of high alert.

Much of the continent is sharing the misery endured by Britons over recent weeks - and it seems there will be no imminent relief as storms continue to brew in the Atlantic.

Heavy snow has blanketed Slovenia and parts of neighbouring Serbia and Croatia.

Local media sources say more than 120,000 households have lost power, affecting some 250,000 of the two million Slovenian population.

Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic have sent in emergency generators.

"The crisis is strong and severe, and our people are doing whatever it takes to maintain the life," said Borut Pahor, the Slovenian President.

"The country is absolutely in a hostile environment."

In the town of Logatec a power line crashed into the roof of a store owned by French car manufacturer Renault.

Slovenian emergency services director Branko Dervodel said the recovery would take several months, possibly stretching into April.

Elsewhere, several provinces have been placed on red alert in Spain, forcing rescuers to suspend the search for a teenage boy swept away by a wave on Sunday.

Numerous people have been injured by giant waves and the seafront at San Sebasti?alone has suffered damage estimated at ?4.5m (3.8m).

The outlook is similar in France, where 29 areas have been placed on alert, with Finist? on the west coast of Brittany in a state of red alert.

In southwest France, a Spanish cargo ship was smashed in two on a dyke at Anglet, with a military helicopter deployed to rescue those on board.

In Ireland, the second city of Cork is flooded after the River Lee burst its banks.

Gale force winds have left up to 20,000 Irish homes without power.

Forecasters are predicting more bad weather across Europe through Thursday and Friday.

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