LONDON — Hundreds of people in Britain mopped up flooded homes Friday after a powerful storm that scoured northern Europe with hurricane-force gusts kicked up the biggest tidal surge in 60 years, swamping stretches of shoreline.
The rising seas prompted evacuations along the eastern English coast, with 1,400 properties flooded and at least a half-dozen communities at great risk of high tides and large waves.
In London, the Thames Barrier closed for a second time in as many days to protect the city from the surge.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said there would be "exceptionally high tides" on Friday and Saturday. In Hemsby, several houses fell into the sea as waves eroded cliffs.
Accidents linked to the storm that roared across Europe on Thursday have killed at least eight people, from Britain to Sweden, Denmark and Poland.
Scores of flights were canceled at airports in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Poland. More than 1,000 people spent the night at Copenhagen airport, where 200 flights were canceled Thursday and about 70 on Friday.