Deadly storm stroke northern Germany, killing several

At least seven people were killed, five of them in their vehicles and several others wounded on Thursday October 5th and the public was warned to stay indoors as gale force winds and rain swept across northern Germany.

Public transport was also severely disrupted Wind speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (km/h) were reported in the nation’s capital, Berlin.

A woman was killed in Hamburg after a tree fell onto her car. A man died in his lorry in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania after a tree struck his vehicle, police said.

The German Meteorological Office issued warnings in advance of the storm and extended those warnings into the overnight period

Hundreds of people were stranded as their trains were canceled in the capital. Deutsche Bahn canceled long-distance trains to and from Berlin as well as services in Lower Saxony, Schleswig Holstein and Bremen and commuter trains in Hamburg.

Passengers arriving in Berlin remained on board their aircraft as the storm swept over Tegel and Schoenefeld airports and authorities temporarily suspended operations.

“Warning for Hamburg. Do not go outside at the current time, stay in protected areas,” the fire brigade said on Twitter.

The storm is expected to move eastwards into Poland during the course of the night.


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