Europe braces for severe storm

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One person was killed in the storm and scores of properties, houses and a school were damaged in the storm that some residents said lasted less than 10 minutes.

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North-western Europe is bracing for a severe storm that forecasters say will bring gale-force winds and flooding in coastal areas.

Weather forecasters in Britain and Germany predicted winds gusting up to 145km/h on Thursday.

Britain's Environment Agency said tidal surges could bring “significant” coastal flooding, and the Thames Barrier was closed to protect London.

Ferry operators cancelled services to some of Germany's North Sea islands and the country's national railway, Deutsche Bahn, warned of likely disruption across a swathe of northern Germany.

The German Weather Service said the storm front, which was gathering strength as it headed eastward from the Atlantic Ocean off Greenland, would also bring polar air to Europe - meaning that it could bring snow to low-lying areas. - Sapa-AP

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