Violent storm hits Europe, 330 000 homes without power in France

Violent storm hits Europe, 330 000 homes without power in France

A powerful cyclone hit Great Britain on Thursday, January 12, 2017 and rapidly strengthened over the English Channel and northern France, bringing hurricane-force winds to the region. Its center then moved over Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany and Poland. This powerful winter storm, named Egon, is expected to continue its NNE track over Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, southeastern Finland and into northwestern Russia by early January 15, 2017 (UTC). At least 3 people have lost their lives by Friday evening.

The storm first hit Britain, bringing heavy snow to Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of England. Authorities issued severe flood warnings for the country's eastern coastal areas and evacuated Suffolk, Essex, and Lincolnshire. London's Heathrow canceled 80 flights as the storm approached.

The cyclone underwent rapid strengthening (bombogenesis) during the late UTC afternoon of January 12 over northern France. Normandy and Picardie regions were the hardest hit.

In the northern port city of Dieppe, weather stations registered peak winds of 146 km/h (90.7 mph). The strongest reported winds in France were measured in Markstein, near the border with Germany and Switzerland, at an altitude of 1 200 m (3 940 feet). Weather stations there measured record breaking winds of 163 km/h (101.3 mph).

Over 6 000 rescue workers were called out to deal with 4 452 emergencies, the France24 reported. More than 1 000 people were forced to evacuate their homes because of fallen trees, ruptured power cables, and damaged roofs. An international Thalys train with 200 passengers was left stranded in northern France overnight because of a fallen tree branch on the line.

Winter Storm Egon, Europe on January 12, 2017

Winter storm "Egon" on January 12, 2017. Credit: EUMETSAT

A woman was killed by a falling tree Friday morning in the town of Saint-Jeannet near Nice. She was bringing her children to school.

More than 330 000 homes in France were left without power as the storm hit. Some 200 000 were still without power Friday morning.

In Germany, at least two people have died on slippery roads as hurricane-force winds and snow swept across the country early Friday, January 13. One casualty was reported in Schleswig-Holstein and another in near Fulda in Hesse.

By Friday morning, Egon had already covered parts of Germany in snow, uprooted trees and shut down streets, The Local reported. The German Weather Service (DWD) said that certain areas may get up to 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow within hours. Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Dresden airports canceled flights.

"The storm was so strong that the airplane handling crews had to be temporarily stopped," a spokesperson for the Frankfurt airport company told AFP.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, southwestern Germany, winds reached a speed of up to 148 km/h (92 mph).

In Switzerland, Egon has produced the strongest winds in the mountains west of Zurich, near the border with France and Germany. Weather stations there measured winds of 154 km/h (96 mph), according to the Meteo News.

A 10-car collision has occurred in a highway tunnel near Basel, one person was injured. Some 10 000 homes were left without power near Biel after trees fell on power lines.

Egon is expected to continue its NNE track over Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, southeastern Finland and into northwestern Russia by early January 15, 2017 (UTC).

Featured image: Traffic chaos in Germany caused by Winter storm "Egon" - January 13, 2017. Via WetterOnline


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Cyrus 5 years ago

Is there anything impossible with GOD (Jesus) ?

Henry the 4th 5 years ago

Jesus my Lord of peace...
Thanks for everything that you have done to keep our land peace and away from those evil destruction.
May God will always keep Israel always are invulnerable from enemy attack.
All the glory and worship for the King of peace my Lord Jesus Christ I pray...

a voice crying 5 years ago

Although I think there is much more to which this verse applies than the present situation, perhaps we should remember what God says on Zechariah 12:3 "On that day when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock, for all the nations. All who try to move it will hurt themselves. "

Luke 5 years ago

God knows Everything,He is a leaving God almighty.hear o Israel our Lord God is with you.

Stephen 5 years ago

Our Lord is Almighty. He will coming very soon..

Johny Menon 5 years ago

Please do not play with Fire


Jehova Jaire
God is with US......:-)

Dominic savio.G 5 years ago

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The God of Israel is God.

Sunil 5 years ago

UNBELIEVABLE .. Praise the lord.

Sabu 5 years ago


Anna Samji 5 years ago

Don't play with God of Israel.He is awesome and mighty in power. No other power in this universe will be able to equal or exceed his power. He is the creator of the universe. Praise God.

a voice crying 5 years ago

He who keeps Israel neither slumbers not sleeps. It's the rest of the world that needs to watch out and pay heed. Behold, He comes quickly and suddenly

Pankaj (@a voice crying) 5 years ago

Hallelujah. .... Amen.

George Obadiah Kasapagu 5 years ago

God the JESUS has reveled his power and dissatisfaction at this Conference being held in Paris to discuss of Israel's occupation of Jerusalem. Let JESUS Name be Glorified.

Denton Dingle 5 years ago

Our God is a mighty God.
He's a living God yesterday, today and forever.

Anthony Dias 5 years ago

Fools day to themselves, " There is no God." They are all corrupt and they have done terrible things; there is no one who does what is right. Ps.14:1.


Unbelievable. The living God has the power to over turn worldly decision and that we should believe now what more evidence is required. Glory to God, blessed is Israel the nation of God.

Theresa nirmala 5 years ago

God is powerful

Bertha Rodrigues 5 years ago

Allelujah, our mighty God is the redeemer and protector of the nation of Israel. Please continue to uphold Israel in your prayers everyday.

Jason O'Connor 5 years ago

For i am the lord ur god and thaugh shall have no orher god before me... thus says thw bible but for anybod with common sense it's retribution time for all thw politicians who think we the peopwl r fools its a matter of time take care or god creation before its to late dont mess with thw creater act now ahelter feed and respect humanity NOW and stop figjting in the name of religion for we r all gods children fight the wvil ine togwther and wipe them out of this universe Now

Morrie Somach 5 years ago

Perhaps a little sample for selling out a wake up call?

Benjamin D'souza 5 years ago

The apocalyse will most definitely be here John,but only after the rapture takes place!

Johncherian 5 years ago


rvasanth 5 years ago

What Peggy said is absolutely true, the Lord is not a imaginary deity, and Israel is the apple of his eye.He rules the world and the universe by his word and his mighty power, better be reconciled to the loving Lord.

Elizabeth Thomas 5 years ago

This is surely our God's mighty hand.

Peggy Jaeger 5 years ago

Weather world wide is weird this winter...and it began last year? Year before? It's a weather change for sure for many with violent storms of all sorts. Maybe it's just cyclical, maybe it's real weather change world over and maybe it's a punishment from God for not protecting Israel and embracing people's with a strange god who is anathama to the Creator. It's bad all over the globe.

ThomasT (@Peggy Jaeger) 5 years ago

Imaginary deities have nothing to do with weather/climate. It's called global cooling. The fake scientists have admitted, it's caused by the warm Atlantic current weakening. Guess what.. they say that's also caused by CO2. Right.. taxes stay!

BaneB 5 years ago

Weather warfare. We know all about weather terrorism here in California. Jet induced aerosol sprays ("chemtrails") combined with powerful microwave phased array facilities can create drought or deluge. The jet stream can be blocked, rerouted, and directed. located in the Los Angeles area, 1PacificRedwood is an excellent utube website, offering almost daily meteorological analyses via satellite imagery about how the atmosphere is under Geoengineering assault. Geoengineering is exacerbating climate change. Not to mention what nano-particulates are doing to life on earth. His aerosol spray program is dimming the sunlight, capping in heat, and acts as a dessicant, drying up the incoming low pressure systems. Storms can be exascerbated to increased intensity through microwave inducements. Snow can be generated by way of ice nucleation cool downs sprayed by jet aircraft. Weather warfare is a current reality, not a futuristic sci fi Hollywood movie.

VIJAYAKUMAR (@BaneB) 5 years ago

If you think it was man made. Why should any one do it for Europe only. Any one else got the benefit?

Elias Moses (@VIJAYAKUMAR) 5 years ago

Fools will always come up with a long list of empty answers to a simple question. The wise have only one simple answer, and that is Never to temper with God's creation, including human being because HE will punish the culprit. GOD'S IN CONTROL.

Oliver Sutari (@VIJAYAKUMAR) 5 years ago

Great question for which one cannot find an answer.

Beverly Seymour 5 years ago

Maybe the old gods of storms are angry with the French for allowing invaders with new gods to come into their land!

John Morrison 5 years ago

well folks. it looks like

Lulu 5 years ago


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