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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fierce Storms Wreak Havoc All Across Northern Europe

STOCKHOLM -- Deadly storms left more than 250,000 homes and businesses in northern Europe without power Monday as work crews from Russia to Ireland began cleaning up after powerful winds and heavy rains claimed at least 16 lives.

In southern Sweden, seven people were reported killed during the storm, which packed hurricane-strength winds.

In neighboring Denmark, four people died after being hit by flying debris or falling trees, Danish police said. Several western Danish towns were flooded by the rising sea and residents piled sandbags to prevent the water from entering their homes.

In the city of Carlisle in northwest England, schools were closed and hospitals canceled major operations. Thousands of residents waited to return to their homes, swamped after the River Eden burst its banks.

Three people were killed in Yorkshire and in Scotland and two more were missing and thought to have been swept away by swollen rivers.

In the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, wind damaged houses and forced the shutdown of train and ferry links and highway bridges. Two 20-year-old men whose kayak capsized on a lake near the town of Landwedel were missing and presumed dead.

In Ireland, several rivers burst their banks and flooded roads. About 150,000 homes lost electricity over the weekend, but most had power restored by Monday. In western Galway, a school had its roof blown off.

Nearly 40 percent of Latvia and thousands of people in Estonia and Lithuania were still without power or heat Monday.