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Terrifying footage shows the moment huge waves smashed the windows of a ferry in Germany. Watch here:
The video was recorded on a ferry in Hamburg which got caught up in Storm Ylenia, which is battering the north of the country.
In it, a huge wave can be seen smashing in the front of the ferry, shattering the glass and prompting passengers to panic as sea water gushed through the vessel.
According to German news outlet MOPO, the ship 'Tollerort' was travelling on route 62, which runs down the river Elbe between Hamburg and Finkenwerder.
A spokesperson for Hadag and Hochbahn - the company operating the ferry - told the publication that nobody had been seriously injured, while the German Press Agency reported that one passenger was slightly injured.
Storm Ylenia has caused widespread disruption in the north of the country, with many schools closed and flights and train services cancelled.
As winds reached speeds of up to 152kmph (94mph), people have been advised to stay indoors and avoid driving, while those who do venture out have been advised to stay away from buildings, trees and powerlines where possible.
Meanwhile, the UK is bracing itself for Storm Eunice, with winds of a similar speed to Storm Ylenia expected.
The public has been advised to stay at home after the Met Office issued the highest level of alert.
The red weather warning – meaning a high impact is very likely – has been issued due to the combination of high tides, strong winds and storm surge, which is a rare event for the UK.
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The Met Office said there is a risk of 'flying debris resulting in danger to life' and 'damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down'.
The warning covers the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset as well as the south coast of Wales, and will be in effect from 7am until 12pm tomorrow (Friday 18 February).
The last time the Met Office issued a red warning was during Storm Arwen in November last year, but this is the first time a red warning has been issued for wind since March 2018.
Amber warnings, the second highest alert level, for wind are in place across the whole of England from 5am to 9pm on Friday while yellow weather warnings, the next level down, for wind and snow are in force for a large part of Scotland and the whole of Northern Ireland.
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