NW Europe StormOctober 28th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s a picture of a roof blowing off in Germany. The worst storm in five years has left 13 fatalities (The latest report counts five deaths in Britain, six in Germany and the Netherlands and Denmark had one each) and over a quarter million homes without power in Southern England. Flights were cancelled, travel disrupted and two nuclear power facilities shut down because of the storm. Wind gusts hit 59 mph in London, 81 mph in Portland and 99 mph on the Isle of Wright. Thousands of trees were uprooted or severely damaged by the storm. Some trees fell on homes and vehicles. A 17-year-old girl perished when a tree fell on her house in Hever as she was sleeping. A 50-year old man died when a large tree fell on his car. Two others were killed by falling trees outdoors. Even the Royal Family was said to have “hunkered down”. There was building damage. Damage was also reported in France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Germany. Police closed some bridges during the storm.