Monday 19 March 2018

Deadly weather claims 15 lives in Europe

The remains of one of the twin windmills of Greetsiel, in northern Germany
The remains of one of the twin windmills of Greetsiel, in northern Germany

Press Association

THE savage coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts that hit Britain also struck western Europe, causing at least 15 deaths.

It was one of the worst storms to hit the region in years. The deadly tempest had no formal name, but it was dubbed the 'St Jude' storm, after the patron saint of lost causes, and 'stormageddon' on social networks.

Dozens of people were injured in Denmark as gusts up to 120mph swept across the country. And train passengers spent the night in a sports hall due to fallen trees on the tracks. Germany had six deaths; Britain five; Denmark two and France and the Netherlands had one each.

Tens of thousands of people were without power in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia.

Nearly 1,100 passengers had to ride out the storm on a heaving ferry from Newcastle in Britain to the Dutch port of Ijmuiden after strong winds and heavy seas blocked it from docking in the morning.


In Germany, four people were killed in three separate accidents involving trees falling on cars. A sailor near Cologne was killed on Sunday when his boat capsized and a fisherman drowned north-east of the city.

In France, officials were searching for a woman who was swept into the Atlantic as she walked on Belle Isle, a small island off the coast of Brittany.

The Dutch were told to leave their beloved bicycles at home for safety's sake. Amsterdam was one of the hardest-hit cities as powerful wind gusts toppled trees into canals in the capital's historic centre and sent branches tumbling onto rail and tram lines, halting almost all public transport.

Irish Independent

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