Europe Storm Leaves 11 Dead
Britain, Denmark, Germany take the brunt of it
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
A boat lays stricken on the strand as people watch the waves batter into the sea wall of a marina in Brighton, south England, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

(Newser) – A nasty storm killed at least 11 people in northern Europe today while snarling transportation and leaving half a million people without power, AFP reports. The storm's high winds and heavy rains claimed four lives in Britain and three in Germany, mostly from falling trees. On a French island, a woman disappeared under the waves, and a man in Denmark was killed by a flying brick when a wall collapsed. In Britain, rescuers gave up on a 14-year-old boy who vanished while playing on a southern beach yesterday.

Meanwhile, travel was a mess. Train services in the Netherlands, Denmark, England, and parts of Germany saw mass cancellations, and over 450 people were stuck on two ferries off the English port of Dover for more than two hours. In Britain, the storm spawned 130 flood warnings and forced the deputy prime minister to nix a press conference after a crane hit the roof of his government building. The good news: This storm appears less fierce than the "Great Storm" of 1987, which killed 22 and inflicted $1.6 billion in damage.

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Oct 29, 2013 11:39 AM CDT
Weather is merciless. My thoughts are with those who suffer as a result of this storm.
Oct 29, 2013 3:31 AM CDT
Big wave surfing is dangerous. Experienced surfers Mark Foo & Sion Milosky died at Mavericks. What Carlos Burle did was stupid. Surfing during storms and with high waves like those? You're on your own. The most unique big wave surfing you'll ever see is at The Cortes Bank. It's 100 miles offshore from San Diego. You and group of people take a boat out there and you know when you're close. You can hear the thunderous impact of waves. It's a force of nature that you'll never forget. Then there's Teahupoo but that's another story. Watch and read more on the Cortes Bank below;
Oct 28, 2013 9:12 PM CDT
23% of you think this is hilarious?? Really????