North-western France on Thursday braced for heavy rainfall and winds of up to 150kmh, with a red alert issued in Morbihan, Brittany.
Hundreds of people have been rescued as the hurricane pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South.
Warnings issued for the area around Okinawa, home to US military bases, described gusts strong enough to cause some homes to collapse and extremely high tides.
Torrential rains and floods swept the Greek island of Evia, killing seven, damaging dozens of houses and blocking roads.
Survivors of the Air India Express plane crash said that the plane swayed violently before crash landing at the Kozhikode airport, in southern India.
The salty substance, which blew in from the Irish Sea on Monday and Wednesday, bore a striking resemblance to snow.
The Galway 2020 European capital of culture opening ceremony has been cancelled due to imminent arrival of Storm Ciara. Heavy rain and high winds expected.
The Australian outback town of Broken Hill was blanketed in dust as storms swept over parts of the New South Wales state on Wednesday.
Powerful Storm Gloria swept parts of Spain with high winds, heavy rain and snow forcing the closure of Alicante airport, disrupting 190 flights. The Ports of Gandia and Formentera were also closed.
Storm Gloria has brought heavy rain and snowfall across Spain, with the eastern litoral bearing the brunt of it.
High spring tides have compounded the risk of flooding.