cold, heavy snowstorms, and floods have been plaguing the European
continent this week, causing power outages, traffic jams, cancelled
flights, and even a stream of plastic eggs with toys washing up on a
Saturday, heavy precipitation paralyzed Istanbul, Turkey. Around
6,000 passengers found themselves stranded as hundreds of flights to
and from the city's main Ataturk Airport were cancelled due to the
Bosphorus Strait was closed to ships due to poor visibility, cutting
off the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea from the Mediterranean.
drivers abandoned their cars and walked rather than waiting for
streets to be cleaned. Istanbul’s metro system operated throughout
the night to deal with a sudden passenger spike.
Friday, blizzards and snowstorms wreaked havoc across Bulgaria,
forcing the closure of major roadways and the airport in the coastal
city of Varna, as well as delays at Bucharest International Airport.
also experienced power outages after a nuclear power plant reactor in
neighboring Romania was shut down by operator Nuclearelectrica. The
company said the snowstorm caused interference in the power grid.
Poland, local authorities said Friday was the deadliest day of the
winter, with seven victims of the elements found throughout the day.
Serbia, the weather caused a massive car collision involving 27
vehicles on a highway connecting the capital Belgrade and the city of
Niš. Reports said 22 people were injured in the incident, including
entire southwestern part of the country, where 10,000 people live,
was blocked off from the rest of Serbia by the storm.
Ukraine, over 70 towns and villages throughout the country
experienced power outages, the national emergency service reported.
Ukraine boosted consumption of natural gas in response to the cold
snap, with forecasts that in January it may burn twice more fuel from
underground storage tanks than planned.
where Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas on Friday, experienced
its coldest Christmas night in 120 years. Temperatures dropped to
almost -30C in the city and as low as -32.7C in Moscow Region, the
Russian national meteorological service said. It was the coldest
Christmas night in Moscow since 1891, when the temperature dropped to
Wednesday night, the storm Axel hit northern Germany, causing a flood
with water levels rising by almost two meters in some areas. In
Flensburg and Lübeck, the rising water lifted parked cars and sent
them drifting down the street. In Bavaria, there was a spike in
traffic accidents, with 160, or triple the usual level, reported in
a lighter note, residents of the German island Langeoog found an
unexpected surprise on Thursday morning. Tens of thousands of plastic
eggs with toys inside had been washed ashore. The eggs apparently
came from a freighter ship which was transporting them for a Danish
firm and lost them in the sea due to the storm.