Fe­ro­cious storm strikes Europe

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BER­LIN (AP) — Fe­ro­cious winds, with gusts over 125 mph, lashed Cor­sica and whipped up a for­est fire that flared overnight on the French Mediter­ranean island on Tues­day, af­ter a storm with hur­ri­cane-force winds and heavy rains bat­tered north­ern Europe for days, killing at least eight peo­ple and caus­ing se­vere travel dis­rup­tions.

More than 300 fire of­fi­cers were in­volved in fight­ing the blazes and two ports were closed and flights sus­pended on Cor­sica.

Power was cut to 2000 homes.

The storm also con­tin­ued to bat­ter other parts of Europe. Fallen trees blocked roads and train tracks in south­ern Ger­many and Aus­tria.

The Aus­trian city of Salzburg near the Ger­man border was hit by the storm Tues­day. Deaths due to the fierce storm were re­ported in Poland, Swe­den, Bri­tain, Slove­nia, Ger­many and the Czech Repub­lic.

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