Storm in northwest Europe

This item appears on page 17 of the December 2013 issue.

A severe storm system rolled through the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia on Oct. 28, shutting down air, ship and train transport. Along with the heavy rains, hurricane-force winds (up to 120 mph) toppled trees onto roads and train lines, ripped off roofs, caused structural damage to buildings and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes. Fifteen deaths were attributed to the storm.