Residents in France are making the most of a break in the rain. Flooding has inundated parts of the country over the last week, killing 4, and forcing around 200,000 people from their homes. The cleanup is also underway in Germany.
Several people were killed during a sudden storm in western Romania, with gusts of wind uprooting trees and tearing off roofs. The authorities advised people to take shelter and unplug their electrical appliances.
Hurricane Maria has developed into a Category 3 storm as the Caribbean's Leeward Islands prepare for impact. It is expected to bring dangerous winds, rain and storm surges to other, already damaged islands.
Houston's emergency services are only responding to life-and-death calls and the storm is just half-way through its course over Texas. Ahead of the storm, residents were left unsure of whether to evacuate or not.
The mayor of Livorno lamented that the forecast underestimated the intensity of the storms that first struck overnight. The city only issued a code "orange" warning instead of a code "red," which might have saved lives.
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