Windstorm Friederike

Windstorm Friederike impacted countries of Western and Central Europe on January 18, 2018 with exceptionally high wind gusts and periods of heavy rainfall. At least 13 people were killed. Widespread damage was recorded in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom. The German Insurance Association (GDV) reported that Friederike was the costliest windstorm in the country since 2007’s Windstorm Kyrill, with payouts exceeding EUR1 billion (USD1.24 billion). Overall economic losses were listed at approximately USD2.5 billion.


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