This is the terrifying moment a huge wave crashed through the windows of a German commuter ferry during storm Ylenia!!!
Storm Ylenia hit northern Germany in the early hours of Thursday morning, with a wind speed of up to 152 kilometers per hour (almost 95 mph) recorded by the German Meteorological Service (DWD).
The vessel was sailing across the Elbe, heading for the Airbus factories in Hamburg, when it was hit by the wave.
Large ships had been banned from sailing up the Lower Elbe river that connects the port to the sea.
Meteorologists on Thursday warned that northern Europe could be battered by a series of storms over the coming days.
Strong winds swept across the region overnight, killing at least four people, downing power lines and causing widespread travel delays.
Next is Bomb Cyclone Storm Eunice
Storm Eunice is set to be the worst in over 30 years, meteorologists have warned, as scientists said a rare “sting jet” similar to the one seen during the Great Storm of 1987 may hit the UK.
Coastal communities face a severe flood risk and 90mph coastal winds are expected as Britain braces for the most potent wind event since 1990’s Burns Day storm, which killed almost 50 people.
Rare “red” warnings for wind have been issued for parts of the south west and south Wales, with the rest of England covered by “amber” warnings and gusts of up to 80mph predicted inland.
An emergency Cobra meeting was held on Thursday and Boris Johnson said the army was ready to help people deal with the effects of the storm.
In Avonmouth near Bristol a high tide of up to 8.5m and waves up to three metres higher were predicted on Friday morning.
Storm scientist Dr Ambrogio Volonté, of the University of Reading, said the “bomb” cyclone, so called because of its rapid development over the Atlantic Ocean, was similar in structure and shape to the notorious great storm of 1987, which killed 18 people, though wind speeds were unlikely to reach the 120mph gusts seen in that event.
Eunice is a Shapiro-Keyser cyclone where the cold front does not catch up with the warm front, but instead detaches from it, opening a gap between the regions which can pull strong winds towards the ground in a phenomenon known as a “sting jet”.
“It was the sting jet that caused the catastrophic damage associated with the ‘87 storm” said Dr Volonté.
“Eunice, in particular, started its growth in a particularly favourable region for storm development, on the right side of the entrance of the strongest part of this jet stream – an area meteorologists call the ‘jet streak’.
Dr Peter Inness, a meteorologist at the University of Reading, said 200 mile-an-hour winds in the jet stream were creating “a production line for storms”.
High winds of up to 100mph, floods, power cuts and flying debris are expected to hit the south west of England and Wales on Friday morning, with the strongest winds in coastal areas, including the cities of Bristol, Swansea and Cardiff.
The red weather warning has been issued along the coastline of Devon and Cornwall, as well as the south coast of Wales.
Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the “army is on standby” and the Government is “offering all the support we can”.
In Avonmouth near Bristol a high tide of up to 8.5m and waves up to three metres higher were predicted on Friday morning.
National Highways and the Met Office have issued a severe weather alert for strong winds covering the whole of the strategic road network from 6am to 6pm.
A man also died after falling from a lorry at work during strong winds in Solihull on Wednesday night.
In Cumbria, a wind turbine was destroyed, seeing its blades pulled off and embedded in a field, in Hesket Newmarket.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London, and Wakehurst, West Sussex said they would be closed on Friday, with Legoland in Windsor and the London Eye also shutting due to weather.
Meanwhile, an amber warning remains in place across most of England including London, Birmingham and Manchester, with roofs likely to be blown off and power lines brought down, the Met Office said.
#stormdudley sheared the blades off this wind turbine at Hesket Newmarket in Cumbria. Bits are embedded in the field – this is an exposed spot and it’s still very windy today but people living near say it came down during an enormous gust around 2am @ITVborder pic.twitter.com/iDoOZfkoKY
— Hannah McNulty (@HannahMcITV) February 17, 2022
Drivers of caravans and motorbikes were warned to stay away from several routes including the Severn Crossing and the Prince of Wales Bridge due to high winds. Both bridges are likely to close altogether, National Highways said.
In Somerset bin collections were cancelled and residents warned to “tie down” bins in the back garden to stop them blowing away.
Prince Charles cancelled his visit to Newport and Swansea on Friday due to the “dangers” posed by the storm, Clarence House confirmed.
“In the interests of public safety, these engagements will be postponed with a view to rescheduling at a future date,” it said.
A “red” warning was last issued for Storm Arwen, which hit the UK in November, leading to extended power cuts in northern England and Scotland.
This is the first time in a decade that two red warnings for wind have been issued in the same storm season, and only the seventh time the most severe warning for wind has been issued in ten years.
Forecasters warned that the storm could be one of the the most severe in 30 years due to high wind speeds and the populous areas it is expected to hit.
Coastal residents have been told to expect property flooding, with “large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes”.
Preview “fast and furious” Part 10 pic.twitter.com/j6KfOuA55N
— Robin Hood ? (@GoodRobinHood) February 16, 2022
The storm coincides with a high spring tide, meaning there could be a storm surge causing flooding on the west coast of England and Wales, the Environment Agency has said.
All rail services in Wales will be suspended throughout Friday, with disruption expected to continue into the weekend, rail companies said in a statement.
Bill Kelly of Network Rail Wales said: “The decision to temporarily close the railway in Wales has not been made lightly but the safety of passengers and staff is our top priority.”
Stagecoach also said all bus services will be suspended in South Wales on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, many schools in Wales are set to close, including all run by the Ceredigion, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Anglesey councils, and some in the Vale of Glamorgan.
In Somerset, all schools, colleges and other council services will be shut, while Bristol City Council is also advising schools to remain closed.
The storm has been declared a major incident by Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum over the “potential for severe disruption” to the region.
The M48 Severn Bridge has been closed in both directions due to strong winds and the QEII Bridge in Dartford closed from 5am.
Avon and Somerset Police said it was likely that the Severn crossings and the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge would also be closed.
In Cornwall and Devon, Superintendent Adrian Leisk urged people not to travel in vehicles unless “absolutely necessary” and to work at home if possible.
Elsewhere, London North East Railway (LNER) warned customers with tickets for journeys between York and Leeds and London King’s Cross on Friday to move them to Thursday due to expected disruption.
Avanti West Coast trains urged people not to travel on Friday, with tickets also valid today or on Saturday.
East Midlands Railway (EMR) and SouthEastern warned customers to expect disruption to services in the coming days. While South Western Railway said a speed restriction will be in place across its entire network for most of Friday.
In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that shelters will be opened on Thursday evening for the homeless. The scheme, known as London’s severe weather emergency protocol, usually operates when temperatures drop below freezing and compels councils to provide emergency accommodation.
“Storm Eunice is expected to bring extremely strong winds across London tonight. We’re opening emergency shelters for anyone sleeping rough to have a warm and safe place to stay,” he said. “Help connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.”
The storm is the second to hit the UK in three days, with Storm Dudley taking out power lines and causing winds of up to 81mph overnight on Wednesday.
Thousands of people across the north of England were still without power on Thursday morning after the storm hit.
On Wednesday night, Storm Dudley hit northern areas hardest. Northern Powergrid, which maintains electricity network across northern England, said 19,000 homes and businesses had been affected by power outages, mostly caused by fallen trees.
“Our teams have restored power to some 19,000 homes and businesses impacted by Storm Dudley, and we are working to get the lights back on for around 1,000 properties still affected,” a spokesman said on Thursday morning.
“We have started to see some disruption and the peak is still ahead of us, so we are remaining on full alert.”
Train services in Scotland were also withdrawn until 10am because of strong winds and heavy rain.
As the storm moved in during the afternoon, Capel Curig in Wales experienced gusts of up to 81mph, with Emley Moore in Yorkshire seeing 74mph winds, while Drumalbin in Scotland was hit by 71mph gales.
Social media users shared images and videos of fallen trees, large waves smashing coastal areas, howling winds and rain sweeping through quiet roads and dark and gloomy skies.
Ahead of Storm Eunice’s arrival, Katharine Smith, the Environment Agency’s flood duty manager, said: “Strong winds could bring coastal flooding to parts of the west, south-west and south coast of England, as well as the tidal River Severn, through the early hours of Friday morning and into the early afternoon.
“This is due to Storm Eunice resulting in high waves and potential storm surge coinciding with the start of a period of spring tides.”
She said agency teams were making preparations, erecting barriers and clearing screens where flood debris can build up.
Frank Saunder, the Met Office’s chief meteorologist, added: “After the impacts from Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK for a few years.
“The red warning area indicates a significant danger to life as extremely strong winds provide the potential for damage to structures and flying debris.”
Ross Easton, its spokesman, said: “It’s really important to stay safe when bad weather hits. If you come across fallen power lines or damage to the electricity network, stay well clear and call 105 for free to report it. If there is an immediate risk to life or someone is in danger, dial 999.”
Green Flag has predicted a spike in breakdowns across the country over the coming days.
Mark Newberry, the commercial director at Green Flag, said: “As a result of these weather conditions, we urge drivers to remain cautious and to carry out the relevant safety checks before setting off on their journeys.
“It’s particularly important that people are as prepared as possible to withstand the high expected wind speeds and potential snow in some areas.” [Telegraph]
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