- 100,000 homes and businesses lost power in Ireland
- Seven-year-old girl killed in car accident
- Passengers trapped on trains overnight in England
- British army helping hospital workers
- Snow, ice snarl railways, roads in Italy's north
Digging out snowbound roads Around 30 vehicles were stuck on a road near Aberdeen, the local council said, with many other roads closed due to snow drifts. Residents of the Scottish border area were asked to help dig out roads where a number of motorists were stranded. Care workers in rural areas were moving around in tractors. "In the current bad weather, I want to say thank you to everyone going the extra mile to keep our country moving - and to keep us safe," British Prime Minister Theresa May said. Airbus said its Filton plant in Bristol, which helps make wings for passenger jets, was closed on Friday due to the heavy weather. Audit firm PwC estimated that the cost of insurance claims by consumers and businesses in United Kingdom to date as a result of the severe weather was at least 15 million pounds, though it was too early to forecast the final bill. "We have already had over 8,000 road accidents in the past three days and this could increase significantly with more snow set to fall today," said Mohammad Khan, head of PwC's general insurance business in Britain. Social media across the British Isles was dominated by the weather, as some mocked the authorities' struggles to manage the snowfall while others showed near misses on slippery roads and people abandoning their cars. In Dublin, which last saw a major snowfall in 2010, videos posted on social media showed people used bathtubs and baking trays as improvised sleds. Panic-buying of bread left shelves empty across the capital. Snow and icy conditions continued to cause disruption in southern Europe too. In the Liguria and Emilia-Romagna regions of northern Italy, the weather forced the closure of key sections of major highways and paralysed rail traffic. Train service between major cities such as Genoa and Milan and Genoa and Turin, the three points in Italy's north known as the industrial triangle, was either suspended or suffered from long delays because of ice. Traffic on secondary, regional roads was backed up after vehicles were diverted onto them from closed highways.