Deadly storm sweeps cross central Europe

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Strong winds battered parts of Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland on Sunday, throwing life out of gear.

A 63-year-old camper drowned in the Jadebusen River in Lower Saxony in Germany, when he was swept away in a flash flood.

At least four people were killed in the Czech Republic and Poland by falling trees. Storm Herwart struck just weeks after Storm Xavier swept across northern Germany, killing seven people.

History in ruins

In Oldenswort in Schleswig Holstein, a historic windmill fell victim to storm Herwart. Windmill Catharina was built in 1786 and was a huge draw among tourists, who could rent a room inside the historical structure.

The Berlin fire brigade declared a state of emergency early Sunday as the storm roared over the German capital. One person was seriously injured when scaffolding from a construction site fell on him.

The Berlin fire brigade said that it had received 100 emergency phone calls between 4 a.m. (0300 UTC) and 7 a.m..

In Hamburg, the Elbe River breached its banks, causing widespread flooding in the inner city area. The city’s famous fish market was closed as a result of the storm.

Fire fighters in the city have received 500 calls to deal with emergency situations. In Oldenswort in Schleswig-Holstein, a historic windmill fell victim to the storm. Windmill Catharina was built in 1786 and was a huge draw among tourists, who could rent a room inside the historical structure.

Public transport disrupted

The weather delayed or halted traffic on several railway lines and slowed road traffic across the affected region.

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn cancelled all trains in seven of the country’s 16 states, citing “significant damage” on main routes. Some rail services could remain suspended until Monday.

The decision left thousands of travelers stranded and cut rail access to cities such as Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover and Kiel.

 

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