Storms sweep across Europe
Now we have lots of bad weather in England and you have to agree, England gives us cold, windy and usually pretty miserable weather; this is why lots of English people go on holidays abroad to get a bit of sunshine. However, I am going to give you a really hard task. Try to imagine a bad storm, much worse than we’d normally get in England. OK, don’t worry if you can’t because I will tell you all about one now!
At the end of October, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic are the three unlucky countries that were hit by a terrible storm. In this weather the wind went psycho. On the highest mountain in the Czech Republic wind speeds of up to 180km/h (112mph) were recorded and Prague’s zoo closed because of these winds.
A victim, 63 years young, drowned on the German coast. Two holidaymakers, a lady of 48 and the man 56, also drowned as their motorboat tipped over. One person even went missing that Monday, but hopefully will be found alive soon and lots of people died when trees fell on them or on their cars whilst they were in them.
The railway operator Deutsche Bahn cited what it called “significant damage” on key routes, and said rail traffic on many routes in northern and central Germany were suspended.
During the storm, railway stations and roads closed due to damage. Even the centre of the German city of Hamburg got flooded quite badly.
Lakes and seas were hazardous too, a ship crew needed help to get back to the shore, this was a hard rescue but luckily no one was hurt.
Thousands of people in those countries are still out of electricity. Fortunately for us, on this occasion the UK was spared.
Alyssa, Year 6