Europe's storm cleanup begins after 15 killed

Danish police say a driver was killed when he crashed into a tree knocked down by violent gusts, bringing the death toll from a storm in parts of Europe to 15.

Monday's storm worst in region in years

Danish police say a driver was killed when he crashed into a tree knocked down by violent gusts, bringing the death toll from a storm in parts of Europe to 15.

Monday's storm was one of the worst in years in western and northern Europe. Authorities said Tuesday that dozens were injured in Denmark, where two people have died, as wind gusts up to 194 km/h swept across the country.

In Denmark train passengers spent the night in a sports facility due to fallen trees on the tracks. The storm left a trail of uprooted trees, damaged buildings and collapsed scaffoldings across the country.

Other death tolls include:

  • Germany, with six.
  • Britain, with five.
  • France and the Netherlands, one each.

Tens of thousands of people were without power Tuesday in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia.

The weather system — unofficially dubbed the St. Jude storm, after the patron saint of lost causes — continues to move northeast and was over a largely unpopulated area in Russia, said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland on Tuesday morning.

Another trough is expected to push through the U.K., producing gusty conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday, Scotland said. Winds are expected to reach 50 km/h.

With files from CBC

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