Storms kill four and cause ‘major travel disruption’ in northern Europe



Severe storms have killed four people and wreaked havoc on travel in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands.

Two people died in Germany after trees fell on their cars, while two others were killed in Poland when high winds knocked down a construction crane.

Tens of thousands of Europeans were left without electricity after power lines fell.

Meteorologists have warned that northern Europe could be hit by a series of storms over the next few days.

No long-distance trains were running in northern Germany before noon on Thursday, rail operator Deutsche Bahn said as storm Ylenia swept through regions of Hesse, Saxony and southern Brandenburg.

Deutsche Bahn spokesman Achim Stauss said there was “considerable” damage to tracks and power lines.

Cancellations and delays are also expected in regional traffic.

Airports also canceled many flights due to the strong wind, including Berlin-Brandenburg Airport and Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt. Flights to Hamburg and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam have also been cancelled.

German ferry services have also been temporarily suspended in many places, such as Lübeck and Rostock.

At the height of the storm, winds of up to 152 kilometers per hour hit the Brocken, the highest point in the Harz Mountains in northern Germany, on Wednesday.

Around 54,000 homes were left without power overnight in North Rhine-Westphalia, while in Bavaria around 10,000 people were affected by power outages, operators said. Outages were often caused by trees falling on power lines. In most cases, power was quickly restored.

Berlin firefighters declared a state of emergency for the second time on Thursday morning as they were called to more than 100 operations, mostly to deal with falling trees and branches. No injuries were reported.

In the neighboring Czech Republic, more than 300,000 homes were without power on Thursday due to damaged power lines.

Trains were also canceled in Scotland on Wednesday evening due to Storm Dudley, which brought winds of up to 81 miles per hour (130 km/h), according to the UK Met Office.

Network Rail said the storm had ’caused major disruption’ and warned that Storm Eunice ‘will be more severe’ on Friday.

Some 19,000 homes and businesses were also temporarily without power in the north of England.

The Met Office has placed most of England under an orange weather warning for Friday due to Storm Eunice with coastal areas in South West England and South Wales on red alert forecast “significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds”.

Train, bus and ferry services and flights in these affected areas are to be canceled and some power lines should be removed.

A yellow warning for Northern Ireland and Scotland has also been issued.

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