Hurricane Pia contributed to the death of at least two people. In the Netherlands, a tree injured a 39-year-old woman – despite medical help, she died in hospital. A tragedy also occurred at a Belgian Christmas market. Strong winds also caused many accidents and difficulties, and there were floodings in the Baltic Sea.
Hurricane Pia is moving over Europe. There will be particularly dangerous weather on Thursday ruled the British Isles, in the Netherlands and Belgium. As the element moved, violent phenomena also hit Denmark.
The tree crushed the woman
On Thursday, the Netherlands was hit by heavy rainfall and storms, which hampered communication throughout the country and caused material damage. Several cars were damaged and hotels and restaurants were flooded.
On Thursday afternoon, a tree knocked down by the wind injured a 39-year-old woman in the village of Wilp. She was riding a two-seater bicycle. The passenger traveling with her did not suffer any injuries, but the woman was taken to hospital. Her health condition was assessed as serious. The media reported at the time that the injured person’s life was not in danger. On Friday, NPO Radio 1, citing the woman’s employer, reported that the 39-year-old died as a result of her injuries.
A fatal accident also occurred in Belgium. On Thursday evening strong wind overturned a Christmas tree placed at the Christmas market in Oudenaarde. A tree weighing five tons crushed a 63-year-old woman. They couldn’t save her.
Flooding in Denmark
In Denmark, hurricane Pia hit the northern part of the Jutland Peninsula and the Baltic Straits area with particular force. Difficult weather conditions forced local authorities to temporarily close the bridge over the Great Belt Strait – an accident occurred in the morning. In the city of Kerteminde, rough Baltic sea waves rushed into the streets of several districts. The Reerso Peninsula, part of the island of Zealand, was cut off from the world.
According to Jonas Damsbo, a meteorologist working for the Danish station TV2, the highest water levels were reached in many places on Friday morning, and the waters are now slowly receding. Despite this, the water level in the straits is still dangerously high. Further increases are forecast in two cities, which may occur in the late afternoon.
The situation was also difficult in other parts of the country. In Copenhagen, almost 200 residents of the Bellahøj estate were evacuated on Thursday – there was a risk that the tall buildings built on a hill could be exposed to strong gusts of wind. On Friday, people returned to their apartments.
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