There was transport chaos in many parts of Britain with two people killed as fierce storms swept across Scotland and the north of England, heading east.
One man was died in the English channel as his tanker was hit by huge waves, another died in Kent when his car was hit by a tree. Others had narrow escapes.
“Out of the corner of my eye I just saw the tree coming down and I tried to duck and move out of the way, but obviously not enough,” said one motorist who escaped without a scratch when his car was wrecked.
Winds of over 160 kilometres per hour were reported in several places, closing ports and torturing ships that had yet to reach harbours. Flights were cancelled and roads blocked with debris.
The storm then raked Denmark, with north Jutland reporting it was the worst weather since 2005. It then made its way across Germany’s north sea coast and the port of Hamburg.
Forecasters predict even stronger winds for southern Germany tomorrow, and heavy snow, which will no doubt come as good news for some, enjoying the wild weather on icy pavements being pushed along by the gale force winds.