Storm Franklin lashed the British Isles Monday with heavy rains and winds gusting to 80 mph.
Franklin’s strong winds pushed a truck into a bridge in Lancashire, England. The truck burst into flames. Luckily, the driver escaped and is recovering in the hospital.
Battering waves whipped up sea foam at the Seafront in Portstewart, Ireland. One person posted his video and wrote, "It looked like someone left the coffee frother on all night."
Rescue crews aiding residents and businesses said they had to work through knee-deep water on the beaches and waist-high foam.
"There was a very wide area of 90 to 100 mile per hour winds at the surface out over the Atlantic, producing wave heights northwest of Ireland earlier this morning of 45 feet," meteorologist and Director of Weather Quest in Norwich England, Chris Bell told FOX Weather.
Over 10,000 homes in Northern Ireland lost power reported local media.
Crosswinds tossed around planes at Manchester Airport in England. These were just three out of many planes that had to abort the landing.
Heavy rains fell across Northern England, Scotland and Ireland. The River Aire in Leeds, England nearly topped its banks Sunday. The photographer counted steps going down to the river to measure rising waters. He showed four steps and commented that he usually could see 10.
The Meteorological Office issued over 100 flood warnings.
Franklin was the third named winter storm to hit the United Kingdom in the past seven days behind Eunice and Dudley.
Storm Eunice killed eight people across the UK and Europe and toppled trucks and church spires.
One brave windsurfer braved Eunice’s fury and 100 mph wind gusts. Surfer Jelle Stoop struggled to hang on to his surf wings in Oddorp, The Netherlands Saturday. "Craziest conditions that I’ve been out on the water, I never felt so alive," posted Stoop on Instagram.
Why the parade of strong storms?
"Very cold air streamed out of Canada into the North Atlantic. That, combined with some pretty mild tropical maritime air from the Central Atlantic," explained Bell. "And the combination of those two things created quite a powerful jet stream across the Atlantic."
The jet stream is a fast-flowing river of air high in the atmosphere.
"Jet stream winds at the moment been blowing across the Atlantic about 180 to 200 miles per hour," said Bell. "And so every little ripple underneath that is developing quite a deep area of low pressure. So it's been kind of a sequence of one after another coming across us."
The Meteorological Office feels weather will remain unsettled but has not forecasted another major storm through the week.