A severe storm, named Joachim, has unleashed high winds, torrential rain and some snow as it plowed eastward France and into Germany.
Along with damaging winds and flooding rain, the newest storm hurled hammering waves against the Atlantic shore of France and northwest Spain.
The seas were so rough that a large Cargo ship washed ashore in Brittany. All crew members were rescued by helicopter as the helpless ship slammed onshore. The ship is also leaking fuel into nearby waters with a reported 200 tonnes of fuel on-board.
Land, air and sea transportation has suffered disruption, owing to cancellations, restriction and closure at airports, on highways and at ferry docks.