Six dead as winds sweep Europe

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS -

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:

Pic­ture: EPA/Martin Divisek

A part of the roof of In­dus­trial Palace hangs dam­aged due to strong wind in Prague, Czech Repub­lic.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.