Minimize Storm Xaver batters Europe

Xaver affected much of northern Europe on 5 and 6 December and caused the worst storm surge for decades in the North Sea.

Xaver, a winter Atlantic storm, crossed the UK on 5 December, leaving devastation and severe flooding in its wake. Overnight the east coast of the UK was hit by a massive storm surge, caused by the convergence of high tides, high winds and waves.

On 6 December (St Nicolas Day) Xaver (also nicknamed Sinterklaasstorm) moved on to northern Europe, again causing major flooding and devastation. At least nine people died.

This image was acquired by the Meteosat-10 satellite on 05 December 2013 at 18:00 UTC.

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Credit: EUMETSAT 2013