Storms batter Europe

Updated 1738 GMT (0138 HKT) December 5, 2013
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A woman struggles against the wind in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Thursday, December 5. Large storms with gale winds up to 90 mph are moving across northwestern Europe, causing disruptions in rail and road traffic. ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters fortify an embankment in Cuxhaven-Sahlenburg, Germany, on December 5. CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
People fight against strong winds on a pier in Blankenberge, Belgium, on December 5. Yves Logghe/AP
Snow sweeps through Glasgow, Scotland, on December 5. Mark Runnacles/Getty Images
Members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute rescue a woman and her dog from floodwaters in Rhyl, Wales, on December 5. Peter Byrne/PA/AP
A rescue vessel patrols the rough waters around the North Sea island of Norderney, Germany, on December 5. Frank Kahl/DPA/AP
A man works to remove a tree that was blown over by the wind December 5, in Edinburgh, Scotland. David Cheskin/PA/AP
Police work at the scene where a semi-truck was blown onto other vehicles in West Lothian, Scotland, on December 5. The truck driver was killed in the accident. ANDREW MILLIGAN/EPA/Landov
A woman fights the wind as she cycles in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on December 5. ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images
The tide rushes over a sea wall in Blackpool, England, on December 5. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A rescue team helps a man across floodwaters in Rhyl on December 5. Peter Byrne/PA/AP
A man walks with a broken umbrella December 5 in Utrecht, Netherlands. ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images
The tide turns to froth December 5 on the Blackpool promenade. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A person walks along a dike December 5 in Scheveningen, Netherlands. LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/Getty Images