London — Northern Europe was hit by a third storm in five days, killing at least two people in heavy rains and strong winds, interrupting travel and hundreds of floods across the region recovering from the strong winds of last week’s hurricane. An alarm has been issued.
The storm Franklin pushed in from the North Atlantic on Sunday afternoon, but last week, the crew worked to clear the windthrows and restore power to thousands of customers hit by the Dudley and Eunice storms. .. Heavy rains and strong winds struck Northern Ireland and northern England on Monday before moving to France. The British Environment Agency has issued more than 300 flood warnings and alerts, urging train drivers not to travel.
In France, a couple in their 70s died on Sunday after a car was driven into the English Channel near the small town of Normandy. The couple asked for help, but they couldn’t make it in time.
“When the wind blew, the car slipped,” Bricqueville-sur-Mer Mayor Elbe Bougon told the West France newspaper. “When it sank in the water, it was pushed sideways.”
At least 14 people died all over Europe during a stormy week, when meteorologists say they are fueled by an unusually strong jet stream over the North Atlantic. The storm did not power hundreds of thousands of people and caused local floods and evacuation as strong winds tore the roofs of buildings.
On the Isle of Wight, a gust of up to 87 mph (140 km) was recorded at the end of Sunday. When Storm Eunice struck the area, a gust of 122 mph (196 km), the highest ever recorded on the Isle of Wight, was measured on Friday. Hurricane-level winds begin at 74 mph.
Germany’s official weather warning, known as Antonia for the latest storm, was lifted on Monday, but transportation was suspended in the northern part of the country.
According to experts, the damage caused by the weather during the week is widespread in the environment. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) states that the current storm that hit Northern Europe is likely to cause widespread damage to already weakened forests.
According to a survey released on Monday, satellite data show massive deforestation due to the drought and bark beetle epidemic between 2018 and 2021, according to the DLR.
“The current storm conditions across Germany will probably again lead to the need to remove damaged trees in many areas,” he said.
Insurance broker Aon estimates Germany’s insurance losses from a series of storms at € 1.6 billion ($ 1.8 billion). The Dutch Association of Insurance Companies estimates that three storms have caused damage of at least € 500 million ($ 567 million) across the Netherlands.
Despite preparations and warnings by meteorological authorities, “the February storm caused a record number of claims and huge damages claims,” said Richard Warding, general director of the Dutch Insurance Association. rice field.
The storm blew roofs from buildings and uprooted trees all over the Netherlands, killing four people on Friday as Eunice struck the country. Insurance companies have warned that more damage could occur as strong winds are expected in the coming days.
In Denmark, storms uprooted trees and disrupted rail services in and around the capital Copenhagen. Sweden saw heavy snow stopping the bus in the capital Stockholm.