TODAY   |  October 29, 2013

Storms, high winds thrash European coastline

The worst storm in a decade with winds up to 99 miles per hour has caused as many as 13 deaths in Europe and devastated parts of the U.K., the Netherlands, France and Germany. NBC’s Keir Simmons.

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>> in europe are dealing with a powerful storm there.

>> that's right. in the u.k. it's pretty crazy. the clean up on today after powerful and deadly winds blew through britain on monday. it's the worst they have seen in decades. keir simmons has a look at the damage. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. quite streets like this were battered by the storms. you can see the roofs of cars have caved in and look at this frightening picture because all along the street the scaffolding collapsed in scenes that were repeated across europe . the storm hit europe with winds up to 99 miles per hour. in denmark, scaffolding ripped from the side of a building. it was the worst britain has witnessed for a decade and in daylight, the damage. one london home torn open by a tree and then a gas explosion . a man and woman were killed. three escaped.

>> she was sitting like in the rubble, her legs were covered in the rubble, just nursing her dog.

>> reporter: another tree crushed a caravan killing 17-year-old bethany freeman, one of more than a dozen people to die across europe . a bus blown off the road and high above downing street , a crane came down. in belgium, folks braved the high winds . some were too brave.

>> it's crazy.

>> reporter: across europe , thousands were left stranded by cancelled transportation. thousands more left without power. and overnight, rescuers searched for a 14-year-old boy. two weeks ago he was photographed playing chicken with huge waves. this week he is one of those feared lost to europe 's deadly storm. and natalie, the damage here is nothing like as bad as sandy a year ago but as i will tell you, it's another demonstration of the power of nature, natalie.

>> it certainly is. keir simmons in london, thank you.