Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Deadly storm claims 8 lives in Germany

Deadly storm claims 8 lives in Germany

One video showed a temporary building being blown off its foundations by strong winds, while others showed people being tossed around helplessly by the elements.

Several flights were also cancelled in the German airports of western Duesseldorf and southern Munich, while the German rail service Deutsche Bahn said it was reducing the speed of its high-speed ICE trains between northern Wolfsburg and the capital, Berlin.

Regional and some long-distance trains resumed service on Friday morning after winter storm Friederike barreled through the country one day prior, causing rail traffic to be suspended across the country.

Air traffic in Germany was also back to normal after several airports suspended services over safety concerns on Thursday.

A spokesman said it was the "right decision" due to the risk of trees falling on overhead wires and on tracks.

A woman clears snow from the pavement in Hamburg, northern Germany.

Storm Friederike, which swept across Germany from the west on Thursday, is the heaviest storm in the country since 2007, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

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The Netherlands, like much of northwestern Europe, is being battered by a fierce storm. The populous, western state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the northern state of Lower Saxony were among the hardest hit.

According to reports, at least nine people have been killed by the storm.

Hundreds of thousands of people lost power, at least temporarily, throughout the region, including more than 140,000 in the United Kingdom, where winds reached 83 miles per hour. In Germany, the toll included two firefighters working in emergency operations.

Neighbouring Belgium also was hit by the storm.

Many people have been left without power, and hundreds of storm and wind related injuries have been reported.

All flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport were cancelled today due to the severe storm, as gusts of up to 140 kph (90 mph) blew down trees and damaged buildings. Trains were halted across the nation and in Germany.

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