5 Died as Northern Europe struck by stormy weather

Berlin — Meteorologists say Thursday that Northern Europe will be in a series of days over the next few days after a strong wind struck the area overnight, killing at least five people, shutting down power lines and causing widespread travel delays. I warned that I could be hit by a storm.

In Scotland, Wales, parts of England and the Netherlands, trains were shut down due to trees and power lines that fell during the storm. It was named Storm Dudley by the Met Office of the British Meteorological Agency.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has warned travelers that strong winds will delay flights. Lufthansa and other airlines have also canceled some flights due to a storm called Irenia in Germany.

The Dutch railroad company NS said it would cancel all domestic and international trains from 2:00 pm on Friday due to the national meteorological bureau issuing a strong wind warning.

“Trees can be sprayed onto the tracks and cause dangerous situations,” the service said.

Two German drivers (one at 37 and the other at 55) died after a tree fell into a car in Bad Bevensen in southern Hamburg and in the Harz region in southwest Berlin. A car passenger died near Osnabrück after a car trailer was blown into the truck’s path.

Two people also died in the city of Krakow, Poland, and a strong wind destroyed a construction crane.

Deutsche Bahn, a German railroad company, said it had shut down long-haul connections in seven northern states early Thursday.

Deutsche Bahn spokesman Akim Staus said there was “significant” damage to the tracks and power lines.

“I’m worried that travelers will have to endure the turmoil for a long time,” he said.

North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s most populous state, has closed schools as a precautionary measure, and authorities in several other states have said students can stay home if they so desire.

Meteorologists said they measured wind speeds of 135 kilometers per hour (84 miles per hour) in the lowlands of Germany.

Experts said advances in weather forecasting and storm protection helped prevent serious disasters such as the deadly floods that struck Hamburg 60 years ago and killed more than 300 people.

Nevertheless, large vessels were prohibited from navigating the lower Elbe, which connects the Port of Hamburg to the sea. A video posted on social media showed passengers running for cover after the waves broke the windows of a commuter ferry on the river Elbe. Deutsche Presse dpa reported that three people were slightly injured.

In the Czech Republic, hundreds of thousands of people temporarily lost electricity after a tree fell on a power line. Thousands of homes were unpowered in the UK and Germany.

Two LOT flights within Poland from Bydgoszcz and Krakow to Warsaw had to be rerouted and landed in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, to avoid strong winds. They were able to refuel and later move on to Warsaw.

The North Atlantic cyclone weather is expected to send more storms towards Europe in the next few days.

The German National Weather Service predicted that Storm Zainep, known in the UK as Storm Eunice, would hit Northern Europe on Friday.

The UK Meteorological Agency issued the highest level of warnings on Friday, warning that “scattered matter is life-threatening.” Eunice is expected to produce winds of 150 km / h (95 mph) on the coast and 130 km / h (80 mph) inland, which could blow the roof off the building.

According to forecasters, red weather warnings cover the southwestern coastline of England and the southern coast of Wales. More than 100 schools have said they will close on Friday, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said troops are waiting to help those affected.

The National Environment Agency has issued a warning about the possibility of floods due to high waves and storm surges.

Frank Jordan

Associated Press


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