Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
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Britain – Thousands of people along England’s east coast have been evacuated from their homes as life-threatening floods were expected to hit towns and villages at Friday night’s high tide. But while many have been forced to spend the night in shelters, there was relief as the tide came and went without the storm surge causing as much damage to communities as had been feared. There was some flooding along the Yorkshire coast and people in Essex were still crossing their fingers late into Friday night, with the worst set to hit in the early hours of this morning.
Slovenia – Snow and ice are causing traffic problems in Slovenia, closing part of a highway leading toward the Adriatic coast. The official STA news agency says slippery conditions led to a number of accidents in the country on Friday.
Netherlands – Dutch water management authorities have closed several locks across waterways to prevent flooding as a high tide coinciding with a strong storm over the North Sea pushes up water levels near the coast of this low-lying nation. Locks in the Haringvliet south of Rotterdam and the Hollandsche Ijssel east of Rotterdam were closed to protect low-lying areas. Locks also were closed in the 32.5-kilometer (20-mile) Afsluitdijk dike that separates the IJsellmeer inland sea from the Wadden Sea north of Amsterdam.
France – Violent overnight storms have hit northern France injuring scores and leaving 200,000 homes without electricity. Strong winds caused havoc for some rail passengers who were stranded overnight Thursday to Friday in a high-speed Thalys train after a tree was blown onto the tracks.