Storms have caused death and damage in France and Britain, disrupting Christmas celebrations. Winds of up to 145 kph (90 mph) hit both sides of the channel, while power outages affected hundreds of thousands of homes.
At least eight people have died at a Florida nursing home after power outages during Hurricane Irma caused the air conditioning to fail. Millions of Floridians have been left without power in hot, steamy weather.
Two planes have been struck by lightning in Denmark as Storm Urd sweeps across Scandinavia. In Germany, a woman has been killed after a tree fell onto her car in stormy weather.
After pounding the Caribbean island of Dominica, Hurricane Maria has gathered strength as it nears Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The hurricane is the second maximum-strength storm to hit the region this month.
Flooding, snowfall and high winds have swept across the UK and continental Europe. Airport cancellations and power outages have resulted from the wintry conditions.
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