Nearly a year to the day that Sandy wreaked havoc from New Jersey to Rhode Island, hurricane-force winds battered the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia and Denmark last week, killing at least 16 people across northern Europe.
Gusts in Denmark were reported at 120 mph in that country’s worst storm since 1999, pounding boats moored in Svendborg Sund.
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Winds reaching 99 mph in the U.K. left 220,000 homes without electricity. The storm, dubbed “St. Jude” in England, was the worst to hit Britain since the Great Storm of 1987, which left 18 dead, felled 15 million trees and caused $3.5 billion in damage.
Among the fatalities in Britain during St. Jude was a 14-year-old boy who was swept out to sea. Rescue efforts had to be called off because of the conditions.
Click play for video of the rescue effort.
Britain's largest general insurer said Tuesday that it expects to pay out as much as $1.75 billion in claims, according to a Reuters report.
Click play for video about the Great Storm of 1987.
The long-term weather outlook for Europe is ominous. A recent report by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and European national science academies suggests extreme weather could be the norm.
For northern Europe, the authors say that “high intensity and extreme precipitation are expected to become more frequent within the next 70 years” and that “climate model simulations indicate an increase in windstorm risk over Northwestern Europe, leading to higher storm damage when there is no adaptation,” Time magazine reports.
— Rich Armstrong