Waves break along the shore of A Guarda, northwestern Spain, on Saturday. Hurricane-force winds swept through many parts of France over the weekend. NEWSCOM
Firemen clear the street of a broken tree in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Sunday. Dubbed 'Xynthia', the Atlantic storm crashed against the western coasts of France and Spain overnight, bringing with it a band of foul weather. Xynthia hit Germany with wind speeds of more than 60 mph. NEWSCOM
Aerial views show flooded streets, as a result of heavy floods, in La-Faute-sur-Mer, Vendee, western France, on Monday. Hurricane-force winds, surging seas, and driving rain lashed western Europe, leaving at least 48 people dead in France and more than a million households without power. NEWSCOM
A downed traffic light is seen in Strasbourg, eastern France. Named 'Xynthia', the storm crashed against the western coasts of France and Spain overnight, bringing with it a band of foul weather stretching from Portugal to the Netherlands. NEWSCOM
Plastic sheets flutter after a heavy storm in the town of Weiterstadt, Germany. REUTERS
At least 48 people have died in a violent storm that swept across parts of Europe on Saturday and Sunday. France was the hardest hit, with 40 people reported killed and several still missing and feared drowned. NEWSCOM
Citizens of LaRochelle in southwest France walk past damaged cars in the harbor area, on Sunday. AP
A passerby looks at a gondola knocked down by storms that swept through Europe over the weekend. At least 48 people have died in a violent storm that swept across parts of Europe on Saturday and Sunday. NEWSCOM
A resident looks at damaged sailing boats in La Rochelle after severe storms swept through much of France. REUTERS
Residents of La Rochelle are rescued from floods by a helicopter after severe storms swept western France. NEWSCOM
Workers repair a roof damaged by a heavy storm in Nainz, Germany. REUTERS
A flooded tractor is seen in Les Moutiers, western France. Dubbed 'Xynthia', the Atlantic storm crashed against the western coasts of France and Spain overnight. NEWSCOM
One day after he lost children and grandchildren, a stricken Moussa Abu Jarad struggles to comprehend what happened. 'We have no relation to Hamas or Fatah,' he says. 'We're businessmen and we don't care about politics. ... We didn't fire one bullet.'
Just last night, five members of the Abu Jarad family gathered with three of their young children at home. They had finished breaking the Ramadan fast, and in the sated contentment that followed, everyone tuned into Bab Al Harra, a popular TV series originally filmed in Syria.