Death toll from storms in Europe rise to 8

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The death toll from two storms, which lashed Spain, Portugal and France and brought intense winds and torrential rain to large parts of the region, has risen to eight, local media reported Sunday.

Storm Elsa with gusts of wind up to 160 kilometers per hour caused damage to facilities, leading to widespread blackouts and flight cancellations. Three people died in Spain as a result of the storm over the weekend, bringing the total death toll to eight.

Among the deceased, six were in Spain and two in Portugal where the storm terminated train services from capital Lisbon and its second-largest city Porto. The Portuguese Meteorologists Institute (IPMA) forecast this severe weather condition will remain until Sunday.

Spain's national weather office has put the coast of Galicia and the neighboring Asturias region on red alert due to strong winds and high waves triggered by storm Fabien.

Fourteen regions in the southwest of France have been issued an orange alert by weather authorities as the storm battered its Atlantic coast.

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