Strong winds that killing two people in Poland, two in the Czech Republic and one in Germany. Strong winds hit central, northern Europe on Sunday and rail traffic in large sections of Germany to remain suspended until Monday.
People in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees. The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Czechs and Poles.
Winds reached more than 100 kph in several parts of the Czech Republic and topped out at 180 kph on Snezka, at 1,602m the country’s highest mountain, Czech Television reported.
In Germany, the Bild newspaper reported that a 63-year-old German man drowned at a campsite in Lower Saxony as a result of a storm surge.
The country’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn cited what it called “significant damage” on main routes, and said rail traffic on many routes in northern and central Germany would remain suspended until Monday.
The decision left thousands of travellers stranded and cut rail access to cities such as Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover and Kiel. The closures also affect popular routes such as from Frankfurt to Berlin and Dortmund to Hamburg.
Hamburg saw widespread flooding in the inner city area, including the area around the new Elbphilharmonie symphony hall.
Strong winds hit central, northern Europe
Though media report that the winds felled trees in the Czech Republic and one man dying after being hit on a sidewalk in a town in the north of the country. Another woman killed by a tree in a wooded area,
The website of newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes report, The weather delay or halt traffic on several railway lines. And slowed road traffic. With a fallen tree blocking one highway just outside of the capital, Prague. Rail traffic suspended and thousands without power following winds of up to 180kph
Newspaper Lidove Noviny’s website reported that Prague Zoo closed because of the winds. Prague Airport was running without problems.
According to a spokesman for the state gas pipeline operator. “The winds also hit Poland, damaging a pipeline at Poland’s liquefied natural gas terminal in the port of Swinoujscie. They cause a small leak but no greater damage in that area”