Europe Severe Weather

October 29, 2013 by  

Europe Severe Weather, Hurricane strength winds battered northern Europe, killing more than a dozen people, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and train journeys.

At least seven people died in Germany while there were four deaths in Britain and fatalities in the Netherlands, Denmark and France.

The storm brought down trees, blew roofs off houses and turned over trucks, causing chaos across much of the region.

In Germany, falling trees killed several drivers, at least one man drowned and a 66-year-old woman died when a wall collapsed on her.

The storm had barrelled in overnight, with gusts of up to 160 kph, leaving a trail of damage across parts of southern Britain, before heading eastwards into mainland Europe.

Netherlands experiences 150kph winds

Winds of more than 150kph swept across the low-lying Netherlands, killing two.

Uprooted trees smashed cars, homes and sank a houseboat on an Amsterdam canal.

Roofs were blown off buildings and several houseboats were ripped from their moorings, police said.

A woman died in Amsterdam when a tree fell on her. A 24-year-old man who was struck on the head by a branch while cycling in the central city of Veenendaal died in hospital.

50 flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport were cancelled and Rotterdam Port, Europe’s busiest, said incoming and outgoing vessels were delayed.

France sees waves of up to six metres

In France, a 47-year-old woman was found dead after being swept out to sea during a cliff walk on Belle Ile, an island off France’s northwestern Brittany coast where the high winds generated waves of five to six metres.

Winds topping 100kph struck the north and northwest of the country felling trees, whipping up seas and cutting power supplies to around 75,000 homes, according to the ERDF electricity distribution company.

Transport disrupted in Scandinavia

Gusts – in places above the 33 meters per second classified as hurricane force – battered Scandinavia from mid-afternoon,closing the bridge between Sweden and Denmark and paralysing road and rail transport.

A Danish man was killed in Gilleleje, north of the capital Copenhagen, by a collapsing wall and a woman was injured when she was trapped under a fallen roof in the province of Jutland.

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