Cyclone Anatol

For the masculine given name, see Anatol (given name).
Infrared satellite image of Anatol over Northern Europe, 3 December 1999 at 1625 UTC

Anatol is the name given by the Free University of Berlin (the Danish TV2 channel named it "Adam"[1] also often referred to as århundredets orkan (storm of the century) or Decemberorkanen in Denmark, and commonly as Carolastormen or Orkan Carola in Sweden) to a powerful winter storm that hit Denmark, Southwest Sweden, and Northern Germany on December 3, 1999. The storm had sustained winds of 146 km/h and wind gusts of up to 184 km/h, equivalent to an intense category 1 hurricane, which is unusually strong for storms in northern Europe. The storm caused 20 fatalities,[2] and over 800 injuries in Denmark.

According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, the storm is estimated to have caused damage in Denmark of DKK 15 billion, or about USD 3 billion. Storms causing damage of this magnitude are only expected every 500 years in Denmark.

The storm is referred to as a hurricane in Scandinavia and Germany even if it was, in fact, a European windstorm.

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  1. Cappelen, John. "Orkaner på vore breddegrader (hurricanes at our latitude)" (in Danish). Danish Meteorological Institute. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  2. Tatge, Yörn. "Looking Back, Looking Forward: Anatol, Lothar and Martin Ten Years Later". Air-Worldwide. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
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