Thousands of people in Britain face a second day of flooding and tidal surges after a powerful storm with hurricane-force gusts roared across northern Europe.
The storm prompted evacuations along the eastern English coast after Britain's Environment Agency warned the country could face its worst tidal surge in 60 years. The Thames Barrier - a series of huge metal plates that can be raised across the entire river- is set to be closed for a second time in as many days to protect London from the surge.
Norway, Denmark and Germany were also hit by the storm. In Hamburg, Germany's second-biggest city, the water rose about 13 feet (4 metres) above average flood levels Friday, hitting heights rarely seen and parts of the city's busy port were shut.
As a wintry blast makes its way across the United States, Texas prepared for what one hardware store manager called “Ice Friday.”
Schools cancelled Friday classes and airlines cancelled hundreds of flights one day after shoppers by the thousands jammed store aisles for supplies.
Forecasters issued winter storm and ice warnings for much of Friday for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
Areas of the Midwest could see several centimetres of snow.
The system has already dumped up to 60 centimetres of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
North Texans are still haunted by the fiasco of a frozen Super Bowl week two years ago. The inadequate response to a winter storm then crippled the region.
(The Associated Press)