Europe’s biggest tidal surge throws continue out of gear

Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013

10530873-european-union-logoA absolute mayhem reigned supreme as the weather wreaked havoc in most pasts of the continent, A major storm has hit northern Europe, leaving at least four people dead or missing, causing transport chaos and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades.

 

Flights went however as dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed in the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland, while rail services were shut down in several countries.

 

One of Europe’s longest bridges – connecting Sweden to Denmark – closed.

 

Tens of thousands of homes were also left without power as the storm hit.

 

Winds of up to 228 km/h (142 mph) battered Scotland, where a lorry driver was killed when his vehicle was blown over near Edinburgh. At least two other people were injured by falling trees.

 

Police have confirmed reports that a man has been killed by a falling tree in Nottinghamshire, central England.

 

Preparations for a tidal surge are going on across several countries. Here, firefighters fortify an embankment in Cuxhaven-Sahlenburg, northern Germany.

 

Two sailors were reportedly swept overboard from a ship 22 km (14 miles) off the southern Swedish coast, and air-sea rescue services failed to find them.

 

A storm surge is due later on Thursday, coinciding with high tides in many areas.

 

Britain’s Environment Agency said tidal surges could bring significant coastal flooding, and the Thames Barrier was being closed to protect London.

 

British authorities said they had evacuated homes in Great Yarmouth, eastern England, adding that it could be the biggest storm surge for 60 years.

 

In the low-lying Netherlands, the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier has been closed off for the first time in six years. Dutch authorities said they had issued the highest possible flood warning for four areas in the north and north-west of the country.

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