Europe

Violent storms in France block train, cause injuries

  • A man watches waves hitting the seawall and a lighthouse on the beach in Anglet, southwestern France, Friday, Jan.13, 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

    A man watches waves hitting the seawall and a lighthouse on the beach in Anglet, southwestern France, Friday, Jan.13, 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this undated photo people sleep inside the St. Calixtus church in Rome. The Vatican is letting homeless people sleep in a Rome church during a spell of unusually cold weather for the Italian capital. In Rome lately, nighttime temperatures have dropped below freezing. The Vatican say that around 30 people, Italians and foreigners, have accepted the invitation to sleep inside St. Calixtus church, whose foundations were laid near a well where Pope Calixtus I was martyred in 222. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

    In this undated photo people sleep inside the St. Calixtus church in Rome. The Vatican is letting homeless people sleep in a Rome church during a spell of unusually cold weather for the Italian capital. In Rome lately, nighttime temperatures have dropped below freezing. The Vatican say that around 30 people, Italians and foreigners, have accepted the invitation to sleep inside St. Calixtus church, whose foundations were laid near a well where Pope Calixtus I was martyred in 222. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman makes her way through the snow on a mobility scooter in Filey on the North east coast of England Friday Jan. 13, 2017, as Scotland and the North of England were covered in a blanket of snow. (John Giles, PA via AP)

    A woman makes her way through the snow on a mobility scooter in Filey on the North east coast of England Friday Jan. 13, 2017, as Scotland and the North of England were covered in a blanket of snow. (John Giles, PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Violent overnight storms have hit northern France injuring scores and leaving 200,000 homes without electricity.

Strong winds caused havoc for some rail passengers who were stranded overnight Thursday to Friday in a high-speed Thalys train after a tree was blown onto the tracks.

The 210 passengers spent the night without electricity, heating and liquids in the train that was travelling from Brussels to Paris. The track has now been cleared.

France's Interior Ministry said Friday that about 46 people were injured overnight in weather-related accidents, although none seriously and it reported no deaths.

Authorities said areas worst hit included Normandy and Picardy where respectively 76,000 homes and 61,000 homes were without electricity Friday — and that emergency services were called out 4,041 times to deal with the storms' impact.