France, Italy battered by heavy floods brought by Storm Alex; Army is deployed in France and rescue teams hunt for survivors in Italy after Storm Alex
UK has been hit by the fringes of the storm, with heavy rain and winds set to persist throughout the weekend
A storm in France and Italy has caused severe flooding and at least two people are dead and nine are missing with hundreds of rescues taking place.
The UK has been hit by the fringes of the storm, with heavy rain and winds set to persist throughout the weekend.
France, Nice and its surrounding areas were the hardest hit overnight as 500mm (20ins) of rain was recorded over 12 hours in some areas, according to Meteo France.
In the village of Sambughetto, in the northwest Italian region of Piedmont, a record 630mm (24.8ins) of rain fell in 24 hours.
Roads have been swept away and homes have been badly damaged in the mountainous region on the border of France and Italy.
French authorities said firefighters were looking for at least eight people who are missing.
Seven bodies have been found in a region straddling the French-Italian border near Nice after torrential rains swept houses and roads away.
Seven bodies found and more feared dead as floods hit France and Italy. Authorities fear there could be more victims as many families could not contact relatives due to mobile phone services being down.
Around 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters, and troops were mobilised in France to help search for the missing people in the mountainous south-eastern region after the devastating floods.
Officials said five of the bodies were discovered in north-western Italy, including four washed up on the shore between the towns of Ventimiglia and Santo Stefano al Mare, near the French frontier.
Some of the bodies might have been swept down the coast from France.
Two more were found in France, including a shepherd found by an Italian search and rescue team.
The other body was found in a vehicle that had been swept away by flash-flooding in the village of Saint-Martin-Vesubie.
It brings to nine the total number of people found dead after fierce rains and howling gales lashed the border area on