Europe Storm Kills at Least 11, Halts Travel for Millions

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Strong Wind Storm Turns Deadly in Europe
  • A powerful storm system left widespread travel chaos across much of Europe on Thursday.
  • Flights were grounded, train service was halted and trucks were knocked over by the strong winds.
  • At least 11 deaths have been reported.


A powerful storm system swept across Europe Thursday, bringing strong winds that were responsible for at least 11 deaths and a widespread travel shutdown.


According to the Associated Press, two 62-year-old men were killed in separate incidents of falling trees or branches in the Netherlands on Thursday, and a third death was reported south of Brussels, Belgium. In Germany, eight deaths were confirmed and dozens more were injured, the AP also reported.


The storm system caused problems from England to Romania as it raked much of the continent. On Friday, travel resumed in the areas hit hardest by the storm, but the recovery was slow in some regions.


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A man who escaped unharmed makes a phone call after his scooter was hit by a falling tree uprooted by heavy winds in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)


At Amsterdam’s Airport Schiphol, all flights were grounded for about an hour Thursday morning because of the storm’s strong winds, according to the AP. Nearly 200 flights into and out of the hub were canceled as a result, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, and some roof damage was reported at the airport.


Train service was halted in Germany as wind gusts up to 89 mph made that method of travel too dangerous as well, according to BBC.com. Trees also fell onto train tracks, adding to the danger, the report added.


“Since this affects many long-distance connections, there are effects on the entire rail services, also internationally,” German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said in a statement obtained by the Guardian.


Travel was also affected on roadways, where several trucks were blown over by the strong winds.




More than 100,000 lost electricity in Germany due to the storm, news agency dpa reported.


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Firefighters work on a car after a tree fell on it, badly injuring the driver on Jan. 18, 2018 on a road near Moers, western Germany. (CHRISTOPH REICHWEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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