After leaving a path of destruction in the UK, Storm Eunice hits Europe – under new names | world news

After crossing the UK and Ireland, Storm Eunice wreaked havoc across northern Europe.

It’s the second to hit the continent in three days – and forecasters say an unusually strong jet stream over the eastern Atlantic Ocean is to blame, “acting like a production line for storms”.

While the weather system was called Eunice in the UK, it is called Zeynep in Germany and Nora in Denmark, with several countries issuing high wind warnings as it approaches. Here’s how European countries have been affected.

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A boat was seen hanging from an uprooted tree in Voorburg, the Netherlands. Photo: AP

The Netherlands

Three people were killed by falling trees in and around Amsterdam, firefighters said.

A fourth person died in the northern province of Groningen after hitting a fallen tree with his car.

People have been urged to stay indoors after the Netherlands Meteorological Institute issued its highest warning – code red – for coastal regions and code orange for much of the rest of the country.

Trains were halted on Friday afternoon and dozens of flights were canceled at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

The wind ripped off part of the roof of a football stadium in The Hague, but no injuries were reported.

Workers remove an uprooted tree in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. The second major storm in three days has battered northern Europe, killing at least four people.  Photo: AP
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An uprooted tree in Amsterdam had to be felled. Photo: AP

Belgium

A 79-year-old Briton died when a strong gust of wind blew him from his boat into a canal in Ypres.

High winds sent a crane crashing into the roof of a hospital in the city of Tournai, as gusts reached up to 80mph.

A piece of the crane went through the ceiling and another fell to the floor.

No fatalities were reported, but local media reported injuries.

A teenager in the town of Menen, near the French border, was hit by a falling branch while running. He is hospitalized in critical condition.

Many flights were canceled at Zaventem airport in Brussels, where parts of the roof were damaged by the wind.

Some bus and train services were suspended and a football match between Ghent and Seraing teams was canceled after the stadium was damaged.

Storm Eunice in Ireland.  Bantry, WEST CORK, IRELAND.  Photo: AP
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Trees have been felled in Ireland, where at least one person has been killed. Photo: AP

Ireland

In Co Wexford, a local government worker in his 50s was killed by a falling tree while trying to clear debris from the storm.

Thousands of homes and businesses were without power on Friday evening – mostly in the southwest of the country – and a yellow snow and ice warning is in place until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Roches Point in Cork was the hardest hit, with gusts reaching 85mph and sustained wind speeds of 57mph, according to RTE.

18 February 2022, Lower Saxony, Norddeich-Mole: Water presses against the ferry landing stage due to the storm.  Photo: AP
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In Lower Saxony, Germany, the water reaches the ferry pier. Photo: AP

Germany

The weather system is known as Storm Zeynep in Germany.

A flood warning was issued for Germany’s North Sea coast on Friday and the country’s biggest train operator, Deutsche Bahn, canceled all services in the north.

The German weather service (DWD) issued a level three storm warning for the whole country and a level four warning – the highest – for the North Sea coast, where winds were expected to reach 105 mph.

The DWD warned that lives would be threatened by flying objects and falling trees, advising people to secure moving objects.

Firefighters walk past debris from a roof following severe storms in Berlin, Germany, February 19, 2022
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Debris fell from a roof onto a road in Berlin

Denmark

Light vehicles have been banned from crossing the Storebælt Tunnel and Bridge, which connects the central island of Funen to Zealand – home to Copenhagen.

The Danish meteorological office – DMI – named the storm Nora, issuing a severe weather warning until the early hours of Saturday.

High water levels and hurricane winds were possible, forecasters told The Local, but the storm would subside over the weekend.

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