17th December - Today's News: Storm 'Joachim' Hits Europe

Yesterday's storm - named Joachim - caused a fair bit of damage. Jersey homes flooded and roads closed in heavy storm with a massive outage as storm batters northern France and Joachim lashes Switzerland. Meanwhile in Germany, winter storm 'Joachim' snarls traffic.

Still no snow in Evesham - we even had rain this morning, despite the temperature having dropped to -1.6c (coldest night so far this autumn/winter). But there was snow elsewhere yesterday: in Wales, snow and ice strands motorists on A55 for up to five hours

Nevis Range ski resort to open after storm repairs

Philippines storm triggers deadly flash floods with reports of hundreds dead or missing

Flooding, landslides claim more lives in Colombia

Irene was tropical storm, not hurricane, over NJ

Looks like we'll soon be able to gaze in awe and wonder at majestic wind turbines from the Cairngorms National Park as approval of Allt Duine wind farm recommended. Any excuse to build roads over the Monadh Liath - one of Britain's quietest, least visited tracts of wild land - eh?

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