Australia is used to extreme natural events. But 16 days of rain in a row - like last time in Sydney - are also an event of the century Down Under. Many people are faced with the ruins of their existence.
Two storm lows are sweeping across Germany. Schools are closing in many places, and there is a storm surge warning on the North Sea coast. In some places, sandbags are supposed to protect against the impending flood.
Police and fire brigade are required. The Hamburg fish market is under water, trains and ferries are canceled. And on the North Sea, seafarers have to abseil onto a freighter when the wind is force 10.