Bertha's Remnants Bring Tornadoes, Flooding to Europe, UK

By Jordan Root, Meteorologist
August 13, 2014; 7:23 AM ET
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Although no longer a tropical system, remnants of former Hurricane Bertha slammed portions of the United Kingdom and Europe from the weekend into Monday.

Sky News reported that around 80 sailing dinghies were hit by a storm east of Northern Ireland Monday after forcing a massive water rescue. The dinghies were competing in the GP14 World Championship Races at the time of the mass capsizing.

Weather reports from the region indicate that strong west winds occurred at the time of the incident along with showers. A gale warning was in effect for the area, warning boaters of strong winds and rough seas.

A Maritime and Coastguard agency spokesman was quoted by Sky News as saying "Latest information suggests that 10 people have been injured, most showing signs of hypothermia."

It is believed that everyone that was in the water has been accounted for but rescue efforts continue to scan the area.

Severe storms blasted portions of France and Belgium with a few of them producing damaging tornadoes.

Downed trees as a result of a tornado that touched down in northern France. (Twitter/Ansonette Francis)

According to the RTL.BE, tornadoes were reported across France and Belgium on Sunday. One tornado near Marbay, Belgium injured dozens of people when a structure collapsed at a flea market.

Another tornado damaged several roofs and uprooted trees in the municipality of Thuin.

Several tornadoes were reported across France and Belgium, according to the European Severe Weather Database. Photo/ESWD

Heavy rains battered Tournai and Mouscron leading to flooding of homes and roadways Sunday afternoon.

Wind-driven rain also battered folks across the British Isles as the potent area of low pressure drove through the region late on Saturday into Sunday.

The strongest gusts ripped across areas along the coasts, but windy conditions extended inland as well.

At Aberporth, Wales, wind gusts topped 58 mph (93 kph). London Heathrow Airport recorded winds at 37 mph (59 kph).

Trees were brought down in communities and power outages were common as well.

According to the Daily Mail, more than a month's worth of rain fell in 12 hours in Lossiemouth.

Flooding was reported across parts of Scotland, Wales and England over the weekend, resulting in some road closures and a water rescue.

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According to the BBC, strong winds whipped through parts of East Yorkshire, bringing down trees and blocking roads.

Heavy rainfall filled up streets, causing many road closures and travel disruptions. Many locations received over 1 inch (25 mm) of rainfall, including Coningsby Royal Air Force Base which received 1.10 inches (27 mm).

Low pressure will continue to spin to the east of Scotland through Friday causing scattered showers and out breaks of rain across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The heaviest rain will fall across Scotland where localized flooding remains a concern through the middle of the week. Elsewhere daily showers and gusty winds are expected to prevail.

Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.


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