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Rider on the Storm

October 29th, 2013

Dog trying to make its way in the storm in Germany. Photo credit: Jens Buttner/AP

A major storm devastated a huge portion of Europe earlier this week. Countries impacted by the storm include the United Kingdom , Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands , parts of France, and was felt all the way into Russia.

The storm is responsible for 15 deaths so far.

It’s one of the worst storms there in many years and was nicknamed St. Jude — the saint of lost causes and desperate cases (he was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles).

This comes on the one year anniversary of super storm hurricane Sandy on the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

St. Jude wasn’t technically classified as a hurricane (you have to meet certain requirements for that) but it’s an unusually strong storm for this area because most storms develop out of over the Atlantic Ocean and weaken by the time they get to land. This one gathered its strength as it made its way across land. That doesn’t happen very often, according to Helen Chivers of the UK National Weather Service.

That caused major disruption farther inland than normal. Trees fell smashing cars and homes, and power lines fell cutting electricity to over half a million people, homes, and offices. It also caused chaos with travel as airports closed, train tracks became blocked with debris, and some roads shut down. Flooding was a problem too.

Life in general was disrupted for many hundreds of thousands of people over numerous countries … except for one man, Carlos Burle, who managed to make lemonade out of lemons, so to speak, and surfed one of the most massive waves the storm created, off the coast of Portugal.

It may just have been the biggest wave in history! Possibly over 100 feet high!

Kind of obvious, but don’t try this at home! Carlos Burle is an experienced surfer. Normally, you want to stay far away from water during storms because waves can be unpredictable and over-powering.

He rode that wave shortly after he rescued a fellow experienced surfer’s life trying to catch a big wave too.

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