Strong winds batter central Europe, killing at least four
PRAGUE/BERLIN: Strong winds battered central Europe on Sunday, killing two people in Poland and two in the Czech Republic, where the gales reached.
All four people were killed by falling trees. The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Czechs and Poles.
Winds reached more than 100 km an hour in several parts of the Czech Republic and topped out at 180 km on Snezka, at 1,602 metres the country’s highest mountain, Czech Television reported.
In Germany, railway operator Deutsche Bahn closed many routes in northern and central Germany, cutting rail access to cities such as Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig.-