Storm Damage to Cost Germany $600M as Death Toll Rises

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 19, 2018

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).

A national transport website, VID, reported that at least 17 trucks had been blown over by the strong winds.

Many of those killed, in the Netherlands and in Germany, were hit by falling trees and debris.

Across the border in the Netherlands, a man was killed by a falling tree branch in the eastern Dutch town of Olst, while another was killed when a falling tree hit the auto he was driving near the German border, police said.

Apart from the six deaths, two men from Saxony-Anhalt also fell victim to the powerful storm, the latest update by the DPA shows.

In southern Germany, the high-speed ICE trains were running as normal on Friday morning, although the service in the rest of the country remained subject to major disruptions, rail operator Deutsche Bahn said.

At many stations, people stood in long lines in front of the information stands.

Trains ceased operation in the states of North-Rhine Westphalia and Lower Saxony, leaving many passengers stranded. The DB issued an apology for the inconvenience, but said it was unable to offer an estimate of when regular service would resume.

High winds have also toppled trees and caused structural damage in western regions of Germany, where the storm is called "Friederike". Those trains still running in Germany have cut their speed because of the strong winds.

Many trees were uprooted by the force of the storm which saw winds of up to 80 miles per hour while others worked to fix damage to the lines, it said. Schools in several German states were closed for the day. Operations at major airports have been adversely affected by the weather as well.

Dozens of flights are also being cancelled in Germany - at Cologne/Bonn airport every fourth flight has been scrapped. Fortunately, students were left unscathed, according to DPA.

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