December 8, 2023

Video: Hurricanes, storms, and heavy rain in large parts of Europe

Storm Babbitt moved from Ireland to Scotland and brought huge amounts of rain to large parts of Great Britain. Three people have died in the UK.

A man in his 60s died after being trapped in floodwaters in the Shropshire town of Cleobury Mortimer on Friday. Police Scotland said a tree fell on a lorry near Forfar in Angus on Thursday evening, killing the 56-year-old driver. A 57-year-old woman also died on Thursday after being swept into the river.

In Denmark, people faced storms and heavy rain. Several connections at Copenhagen Airport had to be canceled on Friday. On Saturday, operations returned to normal.

Large parts of the city in Madrid were also flooded.

In Nice, the Promenade des Anglais was closed as a precaution because a red alert was in effect in the Alpes-Maritimes region due to low pressure in the Alain area.

Schools remained closed on Friday and residents were urged to stay home, three years after the devastation caused by Storm Alex.

According to the head of the governor’s office, Benoît Huber, rainfall on the coast remained “significant but limited”, while total rainfall in the Tignes, Vesubie and Roya valleys “reached 300 mm”.

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