Western Europe cleans up after wrath of powerful storm that killed 12

Crews cleared fallen trees and worked to restore power to about 400,000 customers in Britain as western Europe cleaned up Saturday after one of the most damaging storms in years.

At least 12 people were killed, many by falling trees, in Ireland, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Named Eunice by the British and Irish weather services, and Zeynep in Germany, Friday’s storm was the second to hit the region in a week.

Winds toppled the spire of a church in Wells, southwest England, ripped off parts of the domed roof of London’s O2 Arena and left a trail of felled trees and damaged buildings across several countries.

Debris is seen in a bedroom on Saturday at the home of Dominic Good, a day after a 400-year-old oak tree in the garden was uprooted by the storm Eunice, in Stondon Massey, near Brentwood, Essex, England. (Nicholas.T.Ansell/Press Association/The Association Press)

A wind gust of 196 km/h was provisionally recorded on Friday on the Isle of Wight. If confirmed, it would be the highest ever in England.

The Met Office weather service said more strong winds would hit the southern coasts of England and Wales on Saturday, with the potential for further damage, while snow and ice could cause disruption further north.

The UK’s National Rail association said “routes across most of Great Britain” remained affected by the weather on Saturday morning, with disruptions to continue throughout the day.

The storm brought down a trestle windmill — believed to be about 270 years old — on the outskirts of the village of Klettbach, Germany. (Bodo Schackow/dpa/The Associated Press)

Transport in Germany also remained severely disrupted, with railway operator Deutsche Bahn saying no long-distance trains would operate north of Dortmund, Hannover and Berlin until at least 6 pm local time.

The storm left at least three people dead in Germany, including a man who fell as he was trying to repair a damaged roof and a driver whose car crashed into a tree that had fallen across a road.

In the northwestern city of Bremen, a 55-metre crane fell onto an unfinished office building.

People wait at London’s Waterloo station on Saturday, as trains are delayed and canceled due to the storm. (May James/Reuters)

A cleanup was also underway in the Netherlands, where four people died as Eunice tore across the country on Friday.

Train services, halted during the storm, remained disrupted — with the company responsible for rail infrastructure saying that it was working hard to repair “extensive” damage to tracks and overhead power lines.

Firefighters work to clear fallen trees on railroad tracks in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday. (Jonas Walzberg/dpa/The Associated Press)

Engineers were expected to assess damage to the roof of a stadium in The Hague, where professional soccer team ADO Den Haag plays its home matches, after parts of the structure were blown loose.

Across the country, teams were moving fallen trees and beginning to repair roofs damaged by the storm.

A man cleans up a driveway on Saturday after a flat roof from a nearby block of apartments was blown off and landed on a house in Bitterne, Southampton, England. (Andrew Matthews/Press Association/The Associated Press)

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