Photo Essay: Storms Hammer Europe

Winter storm Xaver battered Europe, hitting England with its most serious coastal tidal surge in more than 60 years. Carsten Rehder/dpa/Corbis

Mother Nature took aim at Europe this week, battering Scotland, England, Germany, Sweden and the surrounding region with strong winds, heavy rain, tidal surges and snow. Public transportation has been upended by the storm, known as Xaver, and hundreds were stranded in airports as flights were canceled and roads became impassable. At least seven people have been killed, and thousands remain without electricity. 

In England, the Environment Agency warned that the area was facing the most serious coastal tidal surge in more than 60 years; residents along the Norfolk coast evacuated, and several houses were pushed off cliffs by the storm. 

Weather1 Waves crash against Portstewart Harbour as gale force winds hit the the north Antrim coast in northern Ireland December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Weather2 People walk on the North Sea beach near the town of Norddeich, December 5, 2013. A storm named 'Xaver' brought strong winds and high tides to the northern coasts of Germany on Thursday. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Weather3 Waves lash the ferry pier on the North Sea coast in Dagebuell, Germany, 05 December 2013. Carsten Rehder/dpa/Corbis

Weather4 An emergency rescue service worker peers through the window of a bungalow as he wades in flood water in a residential street in Rhyl, north Wales December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Weather5 A man stands in water washed onto the promenade of the north bay in Scarborough, northern England December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Weather6 The tide comes over the sea wall in Blackpool, north west England, on December 5, 2013 as high winds hit the north of England and Scotland. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Weather7 Houses can be seen through the storm in Langeneß, Germany, 05 December 2013. Maja Hitij/dpa/Corbis

Weather8 Waves hit the coast of Hanstholm, Northern Jutland, on the Danish coast. REUTERS/Henning Bagger/Scanpix