Europe counts with the cost of the storm Zeynep | News | DW

Emergency crews battled to restore power to more than 1.3 million homes and businesses on Saturday after Storm Eunice – known as Storm Zeynep in Germany – hit several European countries.

At least 12 people have been killed by falling trees, flying debris and high winds in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Poland, emergency services said .

Zeynep was the second major storm to hit Germany in a matter of days, where it caused injuries, property damage and killed at least three people.

The German weather service (DWD) lifted all strong wind warnings for the country on Saturday morning, but warned that there could still be strong winds.

Where in Germany did the storm hit?

The strongest winds of 145.8 kilometers per hour (about 90.6 mph) were measured at Brocken in the Harz mountains on Friday, according to a spokesman for the German Weather Service (DWD). Similar high speeds of 143.3 kilometers per hour were measured on the North Sea coast in Büsum.

Other parts of the country, including Feldberg in the Black Forest (137.5) and Grosser Arber in Bavaria (130.7) also recorded strong winds.

Two people died in separate car crashes in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, authorities said.

Elsewhere in Germany, a man died after falling while trying to repair a damaged roof.

The storm hit the north of the country early Saturday. The German North Sea island of Wangerooge lost around 90% of its bathing beach overnight.

On the mainland, parts of the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bremen, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony were affected .

German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn has halted long-distance and regional services in the north of the country until at least Saturday evening.

The shutdown of regional services affected Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Bremen, as well as parts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

England experience ‘record gust’

Eunice caused massive damage and disruption in the southern British Isles, where at least three people were killed.

The storm triggered a rare “red warning”, indicating life danger in some areas including London – the first such alert has been issued for the capital since the warning system was introduced in 2011.

Accountancy firm PwC said on Friday it estimated the storm was likely to result in insurance losses of up to 200-350 million pounds ($272-476 million, €240-420.3 million) in property damage , business and travel disruptions in the UK.

One death has been reported in Ireland, with a man sustaining fatal injuries after being hit by a falling tree while clearing debris from the storm, according to national broadcaster RTE.

The island of Britain was badly hit after Eunice made landfall in Cornwall, with extensive damage reported in England and Wales.

More than 200,000 homes have been affected by power cuts in the south of England but also in the east of South Wales.

In London, the domed roof of the O2 Arena, a prestigious concert hall, was badly damaged by high winds.

Torn roof of the O2 Arena

The O2 Arena has hosted many stars from the world of pop music

Rail services in the south of England were also interrupted or cancelled, and several landings at Heathrow Airport were halted due to high winds.

The UK Coastguard on Friday urged individuals to refrain from going to the coast to take selfies in dangerous weather. “A dramatic photo or a selfie is not worth risking your life, and those who go to the coast to take photos are also putting our teams at risk,” Ben Hambling, the Coastguard’s tactical commander, said in a statement. communicated.

Hambling said the Coast Guard has received several reports of individuals, some with children, doing just that.

The Met Office said the Isle of Wight recorded a gust of 196km/h, a provisional record for the strongest on record in England.

Meteorologist Peter Inness from the University of Reading in England attributed the storms to an unusually strong jet stream over the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Inness said such high-altitude winds could reach nearly 200 miles per hour.

Other parts of Europe are facing extreme weather conditions

French The weather service had issued a severe weather warning for five northern departments ahead of Eunice’s arrival. The railways suspended regional traffic in the northernmost region of Hauts-de-France and Normandy from Friday noon.

Strong winds push gusty water over high cliffs in County Clare, Ireland

The storm made its way across Europe, hitting Ireland first, then moving west

In the Netherlands, the most severe alert level, code red, has been requested in large parts of the country, especially for coastal areas.

Rail traffic was also disrupted and schools closed in many areas.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has announced cancellations and delays, with national carrier KLM canceling nearly 170 flights to the air traffic hub due to the storm.

In Belgium, high winds toppled a construction crane, sending it crashing onto the roof of a hospital in the city of Tournai.

A man has died in the city of Ghent after being hit in the head by a flying solar panel.

Poland still had 1.1 million customers without power as of Saturday afternoon, officials said, after the country’s northwest was battered

“I call on you: please stay at home!” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a Facebook post.

And in Denmark, high winds prompted authorities to ban light vehicles from crossing the Storebaelt tunnel and bridge that connect the central island of Funen to Zealand, home to the capital, Copenhagen.

A week of storms

Zeynep follows storm Ylenia, known as Dudley in international nomenclature, which caused at least three deaths and significant transport disruptions in parts of Germany from Wednesday evening to Thursday.

Firefighters work to clear a tree from a road in the Sauerland region of Germany

Ylenia felled a large number of trees

Germany gives its own names to storms and high pressure systems, with normal citizens being able to choose names for such weather events for a fee.

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