Devastating storms hit Germany, Czech Republic and Poland; 6 killed

 Monday, October 30, 2017 


Devastating stormsParts of central and northern Europe were struck by powerful storms which killed at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Winds reached 180km/h (112mph) on the Czech Republic’s highest mountain.

The dead included a 63-year-old camper who drowned in a storm surge on the German coast and two holidaymakers whose motorboat overturned.

Thousands of Poles and Czechs are still without power. The centre of the German city of Hamburg has been flooded. Some rail services were still suspended in parts of Germany after routes sustained damage.

Disruption was also reported on railways and several roads across the Czech Republic.
Several people were killed by falling trees in strong winds both there and in Poland.

In Germany, a 48-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man died after the boat they were in overturned in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, according to local media. A third person was still missing on Monday.

A freighter – the Glory Amsterdam – ran aground off the German North Sea isle of Langeoog. The authorities are watching for any sign that its 1,800 tonnes of fuel oil might leak.

Fortunately, the ship’s crew of 22 are safe on board and rescuers are trying to reach them, but massive waves are hampering the effort.

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