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Technician killed battling damage from Storm Ciarán

PARIS (AP) – French power network operator Enedis said one of its technicians was killed as it battles to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes in the wake of major storms.

The 46-year-old man killed was working in a rapid-reaction force deployed in the Brittany region of northwest France that was battered by Storm Ciarán. Packing record-breaking winds and rain, the storm killed 14 people across Europe. Enedis said that police were investigating the man’s death. French media reported that the technician was electrocuted while working on a power cable.

Enedis said it was still working to restore power to 112,000 homes in Brittany and another 25,200 in the adjacent Normandy region.

Another storm, Domingos, thumped western France’s Atlantic coast also caused power outages and other damage, with another 110,000 homes still without electricity, Enedis said.

A man walks by a tree that fell due to high winds on the promenade along the seaside in Brittany, France. PHOTO: AP