Storms and hurricane winds sweeping across northern Europe are leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake. At least 13 people have been killed because of the severe weather: Six people have died in Sweden, three in Britain and four in Denmark. Roads, rail networks and bridges have been closed right across the region. In Estonia flooding was worst in coastal districts, in some areas water levels reached three metres. Many inhabitants have been evacuated from their homes.
In Finland there was also flooding, many houses were engulfed by the rising waters. In the capital workers struggled to keep government buildings safe from the deluge. The Danish weather service issued a warning for the entire country, while in Sweden around 200,000 homes were without electricity. A ferry that ran aground in Scotland on Saturday morning has finally been towed to safety. Tens of thousands of inhabitants of Britain’s northern city of Carlisle have been without power and others have been evacuated from their homes. Germany has not been spared either, 180 kilometre an hour winds have battered the country.