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Last Updated: Friday, 19 January 2007, 06:15 GMT
In pictures: Storms lash Europe

Huge waves pound the port of Wimereux, northern France

Fierce winds have been pounding northern Europe - including Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK. The storm has been moving east over the continent.

A woman's hair is lifted by strong winds in Frankfurt, Germany

Germany was one of the worst-affected countries, with hurricane-force winds shutting down the rail service nationwide and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights.

Damaged house in Barsinghausen, Germany

The high winds have brought down trees and power lines across the north of the continent and torn roofs off buildings.

Cars battered by fallen trees in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, winds caused travel cancellations and school closures, as well as damage to property and vehicles.


Most of the deaths across Europe have been from flying debris and car accidents. Several people were injured in Utrecht when a crane was blown over, falling on a university building.

A man struggles through a sand storm on a beach at Egmond Aan Zee in the Netherlands

The Dutch weather service said the country had not seen such a storm for years.

People struggle across Millennium Bridge in the centre of the capital

In the British capital, tourists and Londoners alike struggled to make their way across the city.

Gale force winds and heavy rain strike Brighton pier in England

While the British coast was pounded by high waves such as these at Brighton pier.

Children play on the beach at IJmuiden, on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands

But not everyone was taking the high winds seriously - two children made the most of it on the beach at IJmuiden, on the Netherlands' North Sea coast.

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