Although bad, the storm expected over Northern Europe last week was not as bad as feared and personnally I hardly noticed it. But we're not in Northern Europe.
However, the commercial vessels were delayed. Those at sea took shelter when and if they could, and those already at quay didn't leave until later. It wasn't good to be out on the North Sea.
The fishing boats didn't take to sea either, and even the seagulls remained at quay.