A deadly storm that has killed at least eight people and left a trail of destruction in its wake is sweeping across northern Europe.Hurricane force winds have blown over trucks, ripped roofs off houses and torn down trees. The Danish weather service issued a warning for the entire country, while in Sweden around 200,000 homes were without electricity. Flights, ferries and trains have been cancelled. The high winds and heavy rain have been battering the British isles for days. Now the storm is moving eastwards across Scandinavia towards Finland. In central Germany hikers had to battle winds of up to 120km/h. On Brocken mountain some hikers used ropes to pull themselves to safety. In southern Norway the high seas meant coastal ferries and fishing boats had to call off their normal routes and stay in port. In the highlands of Scotland gusts of up to 195 km/h were measured. At Cairnryan harbour passengers are still trapped on board a ferry which was blown onto shingle by high winds. Tugs should pull it free later. The city of Carlisle in northern England suffered its worst flooding in 40 years when a local river burst its banks. Police appealed for anyone with a small boat to help evacuate residents. A total of 84 flood warnings have been issued across the country. An estimated 140,000 homes are without power across Ireland and the UK. In Cumbria 3,000 people have had to leave their homes and spend the night in emergency shelters.
Northern Europe lashed by high winds and rain