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Two Years In A Row

Last year it was extratropical storm Klaus which cost over $5 billion, and this year it’s Xynthia

At least 50 people have been killed in storms that have lashed parts of Spain, Portugal and France, officials say.

Forty-five of the victims died in France, where many drowned or were hit by parts of buildings or falling trees.

Winds of up to 140km/h (87mph) caused chaos as they moved from Portugal up through the Bay of Biscay.

The storm system is moving north-eastwards and areas of France bordering Belgium and Germany are on alert for heavy rain and high winds.

They recorded winds of 120 mph at the top of the Eiffel Tower and it is pulling in supersaturated air that will cause major flooding. This may be the new “normal” for winter in Europe.


1 cookie jill { 03.01.10 at 8:11 am }

Of course it couldn’t be caused by, hmmm…”climate change?” I’m sure Inohofe and his crazy ilk will be blaming the French.

2 Bryan { 03.01.10 at 11:56 am }

I fear that Europe is losing the Gulf Stream, and that will be very nasty. Few people realize how far north Europe really is. London is further north than Gander, Newfoundland. Without the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, London could host the Winter Olympics.