In pictures: Storms Elsa and Fabien wreak pre-Christmas havoc across Europe

The death toll from two severe storms that have battered Spain, Portugal and France rose to nine on Sunday as the region readies for more winds and heavy rain.

Storms Elsa and Fabien’s combined force flooded rivers, uprooted trees and disrupted rail and air travel, leaving more than 118,000 households without electricity.

The death of a fisherman in Catalonia who was swept away by strong waves in the Mediterranean brought the number killed up to nine since Storm Elsa whipped across the continent from Wednesday to Friday.

Seven of the deaths have been in Spain, the worst affected country, and two in Portugal.

The deaths in Spain include a South Korean woman killed by debris falling from a building in Madrid and a Dutch man who drowned windsurfing in rough weather off the Andalusian coast.

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As Storm Elsa moved across Britain, Fabien moved in from off the Atlantic into Portugal, Spain and France, bringing winds of up to 100mph that caused more than 118,000 power outages, local media reported.

The Catalonia emergency telephone service received 1,118 calls due to the wind, for fallen trees and damage to homes, regional authorities said.

Meanwhile, a mini-tornado struck a small village of 547 inhabitants in southern France, destroying 20 homes and displacing 80 people.

Residents said it lasted for roughly 20 minutes.

Meanwhile Venice faces intense floods while it battles to recover from the exceptional high tide that hit it in November, causing massive damages to the city.

Images show tourists wading through water in the Italian city's famous St Mark's Square after an “exceptional” 4ft 9ins peak tide on Monday morning.

A car drives past a broken pine tree in the basin city of Andernos, near Bordeaux, south-western France, after Storm Fabien. (Reuters)
Andernos, France
A car drives past a broken pine tree in the basin city of Andernos, near Bordeaux, south-western France, after Storm Fabien. (Reuters)
Brittany in France was particularly affected by the flood after the passage of Storm Fabien. The Vilaine River overflowed its banks. (Getty Images)
Brittany, France
Brittany in France was particularly affected by the flood after the passage of Storm Fabien. The Vilaine River overflowed its banks. (Getty Images)
Guipry-Messac in Brittany was particularly affected by the flood after the passage of Storm Fabien. (Getty Images)
Guipry-Messac, France
Guipry-Messac in Brittany was particularly affected by the flood after the passage of Storm Fabien. (Getty Images)
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Floods in Guipry-Messac, Brittany, after the Vilaine River overflowed its banks. (Getty Images)
Guipry-Messac, France
Floods in Guipry-Messac, Brittany, after the Vilaine River overflowed its banks. (Getty Images)
The Erdre River in Riaille, France, flooded on Saturday. (Getty)
Riaille, France
The Erdre River in Riaille, France, flooded on Saturday. (Getty)
Huge waves break on the cliffs of the coast of Llanes, Spain, on Sunday after Storm Fabien moved across from the Atlantic. (Reuters)
Llanes, Spain
Huge waves break on the cliffs of the coast of Llanes, Spain, on Sunday after Storm Fabien moved across from the Atlantic. (Reuters)
People gather to watch big waves at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal. (Reuters)
Praia do Norte, Portugal
People gather to watch big waves at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal. (Reuters)
People gather to watch big waves at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal, on Sunday. (Reuters)
Praia do Norte, Portugal
People gather to watch big waves at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal, on Sunday. (Reuters)
Huge waves break on the cliffs of the coast of Llanes, Spain, on Sunday. (Reuters)
Llanes, Spain
Huge waves break on the cliffs of the coast of Llanes, Spain, on Sunday. (Reuters)
Waves hit the cost of Pornic, France, on Saturday as Storm Fabien approaches the Atlantic coast. (Getty Images)
Pornic, France
Waves hit the cost of Pornic, France, on Saturday as Storm Fabien approaches the Atlantic coast. (Getty Images)
Stormy weather after Storm Fabien hit Ponta do Sal in Portugal. (Getty)
Ponta do Sal in Portugal
Stormy weather after Storm Fabien hit Ponta do Sal in Portugal. (Getty)
Flooded fields in Xinzo de Limia, north-western Spain, on Friday. (Getty)
Xinzo de Limia, Spain
Flooded fields in Xinzo de Limia, north-western Spain, on Friday. (Getty)
Large waves are seen from Praia da Poça the day after the passing of Storm Fabien on Monday in São João do Estoril, Portugal. (Getty)
Praia da Poça, Portugal
Large waves are seen from Praia da Poça the day after the passing of Storm Fabien on Monday in São João do Estoril, Portugal. (Getty)
A rainbow is pictured over flooded fields in Xinzo de Limia following heavy rains. (Getty)
Xinzo de Limia, Spain
A rainbow is pictured over flooded fields in Xinzo de Limia following heavy rains. (Getty)
People carry their luggage as they wade through water during a high tide of 4.72 feet, near the Rialto Bridge in Venice on Monday. (AP)
Venice, Italy
People carry their luggage as they wade through water during a high tide of 4.72 feet, near the Rialto Bridge in Venice on Monday. (AP)
Cafè tables and chairs are partially covered in water during a high tide of 4.72 feet in St Mark's Square, Venice, on Monday. (AP)
Venice, Italy
Cafè tables and chairs are partially covered in water during a high tide of 4.72 feet in St Mark's Square, Venice, on Monday. (AP)

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