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

(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.

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)
A car is crushed under a fallen tree as a man pushes a bicycle nearby following a storm, in Hornsey, north London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/PA, Yui Mok)
Workmen survey the damage caused by a crane brought down by high winds onto the roof of the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, near Downing Street in London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A lady with a child in a pram turns from the oncoming deluge from a passing car in Liverpool, England, after heavy rain fell over the country Monday Oct. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo / Peter Byrne, PA)
A fallen tree branch blocks Herengracht canal in Amsterdam, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)
A man walks in a sidewalk partially blocked by trees outside Strand station in London, Monday Oct. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/PA, Jonathan Brady)
The remains of the tower of one of the two twin windmills of Greetsiel, northern Germany, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. An autumn storm tore the roof out of its anchorage.   (AP Photo/dpa, Ingo Wagner)
Police and emergency service workers cordon of the area near scaffolding on the famous pedestrian street, Stroeget, in central Copenhagen Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Polfoto, Joachim Adrian)
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