Britain braced for severe flooding and the worst tidal surge in 60 years after a powerful storm with hurricane-force gusts hit the country Thursday and began moving across Europe.
The storm prompted evacuations along the eastern English coast,with 1,000 properties flooded and at least half dozen communities at great risk of high tides and large waves.
The Thames Barrier – a series of huge metal plates that can be raised across the entire river – closed for a second time in as many days to protect London from the surge.
Accidents linked to the storm killed at least seven people across Europe over the past two days in Poland,Sweden,Denmark and Britain.
Traffic ground to a halt on icy highways. Besides this,train service was canceled in large parts of Sweden.
Tens of thousands of people lost electricity. Scores of flights were canceled at airports in Sweden,Denmark,Norway,Germany and Poland.