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Winter storm Emma (2008)

Emma was a strong European cyclonic windstorm in February/March 2008, particularly affecting Central Europe, where winds reached up to 166km/hr. Storm surge warnings were issued, although in the end the flooding was limited. 

Meteorological history.

Emma formed in the North Atlantic, crossing north of the UK on 29th February, reaching central Europe on 1st March, bringing gale force winds.

A detailed overview of the development of Emma is given in this webcast from Eumetrain.

Storm surge and aftermath.

Storm surge warnings were issued for the north German coast, and high waves were reported along the dutch coast. However in the end there was only limited flooding, most of the damage being done by the high winds.

Satellite and in-situ data.

Data for this event are given in the eSurge database.

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