London (AP) -- Parts of Western Europe have been plagued by major travel problems on this Christmas Eve, because of a severe winter storm.
It stranded passengers travelling for Christmas at airports in London and Paris. And hundreds of thousands of homes are without power.
The storm caused four deaths in Britain -- including a man who jumped into a fast-flowing river to try to rescue his dog. The severe weather also left a 12-year-old boy crushed to death beneath construction materials in Normandy, France.
In Britain, thousands of people trying to get away for the holidays were affected by reduced or canceled train service due to landslides and fallen trees and flooded roads.