Six dead as winds sweep Europe
Strong winds have battered northern and central Europe, killing at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, with authorities watching for oil leaks from a huge freighter which ran aground in the North Sea.
Four victims in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees.
The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Czechs and Poles, and rail traffic in large parts of northern Germany remained suspended after heavy damage from fallen trees.
Winds reached more than 100 km/h in several parts of the Czech Republic and topped out at 180 km/h on Snezka, at 1602 m the country’s highest mountain, Czech Television reported.
The two victims in Germany included a man who drowned at a campsite in Lower Saxony as a result of a storm surge, and a woman whose motorboat overturned in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, German media reported.
The Glory Amsterdam ,a 225 m-long freighter, ran aground on the German island of Langeoog and authorities were keeping a close watch for any signs of oil leaks. The ship’s crew of 22 were safe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.
Hamburg saw widespread flooding in the inner city area, including the area around the new Elbphilharmonie symphony hall. Damaging winds:
A part of the roof of Industrial Palace hangs damaged due to strong wind in Prague, Czech Republic.