England, Scotland, Scandinavia and now Germany are bracing themselves as the worst tidal surge in more than 60 years hits. The death toll from the storm has reached 10, AFP reports.
About 10,000 homes have been evacuated along the eastern English coast while tidal floods – large amounts of seawater that swell onto land- surge through coastal towns. Some residents in South Wales had to be rescued by lifeboats from deep water that covered towns in that region the BBC reports.
Excess water isn't the only side effect of Storm Xaver. Hurricane-like winds as high as 140 mph have interrupted travel through Scotland, Wales and parts of England.
Flights across Northern Europe have been canceled due to high winds and a Scottish truck driver was killed when a particularly strong gust of wind overturned his truck onto a number of cars. Four people from the other vehicles were injured.
Train services in Scotland were canceled Thursday morning as a result of debris blown onto tracks.
"It will be many hours yet before services return to near normal levels, and so the network in Scotland and the north of England will continue to be severely impacted by today's storm," British train operator Network Rail said in a statement Thursday morning. However, by the end of the day some trains were running.
Power for more than 100,000 homes in Britain has been lost, Reuters News reports. Power companies are working to restore power though "access is being hampered by roads blocked by fallen trees and other wind-borne debris," Scottish and Southern Energy said in a statement.
Northern Europe responded to the storm by canceling flights and schools and by closing one of its longest bridges, which connects Sweden to Denmark.
Like Britain, thousands of households in Poland, Sweden and Germany were left in the dark due to widespread blackouts caused by the storm.
The German transport ministry warned residents to stay indoors and only travel if it's absolutely necessary.
"The truly dangerous thing about this storm is that the winds will continue for hours and won't let up," Andreas Friedrich, a German weather service meteorologist, told Reuters News. "The danger of coastal flooding is high" he said.