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Fires and avalanche alerts as Storm Eleanor batters Europe.

The French Alps were on maximum avalanche alert yesterday as Storm Eleanor swept through Europe, killing at least five people and fanning rare winter wildfires in Corsica. Nearly 400 firefighters on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica were battling blazes fanned by Eleanor's strong gusts of wind, with three people injured in a fire overnight. In the Netherlands, Eleanor has caused about 10 million euros of damage to buildings and vehicles. Citing the risks from strong winds and large waves, the whole of Spain's northern coast remained on "orange alert", which is the second highest ‘alert’ on a four-point scale. Germany lowered its alert for violent winds on Wednesday evening, but high tides were worrying several states, where heavy downpours have halted boat traffic. The Rhine River is set to surge to seven metres, as its water level is rising.

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