Strong winds bat­ter cen­tral Europe, killing at least four

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

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.-

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