Thursday, January 18, 2018

Flights, trains disrupted as storm lashes Europe

Flights, trains disrupted as storm lashes Europe
Hurricane force winds lashed parts of Europe on Thursday, disrupting travel as flights and trains were canceled.

All flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport -- one of Europe's busiest -- were canceled. The main railway station in The Hague was closed over fears that part of its new glass roof would be blown off.

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute issued a "code red" -- the most severe weather warning as wind gusts reached 87 mph in parts of the country.

The Dutch Railways and operator ProRail said overhead power lines had been damaged by the wind and some railway tracks were blocked by debris.

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  1. Three people were killed in the Netherlands and a man died in Germany as powerful winds toppled trees, blew trucks off the road and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

    Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport briefly suspended all air traffic as gusts of up to 140km/h were recorded along the coast.

    At least 260 flights were scrapped and falling roof tiles led to the closure of airport terminals.

    Nationwide train services and many tram and bus services were halted after the highest weather alert was issued.

    Police said three people were killed by falling trees or debris in separate incidents.

    In Rotterdam, shipping containers were toppled and entire roofs ripped off homes, TV showed.

    Schiphol later said some flights would resume as the storm moved inland, but that there would be severe delays.

    A number of flights to and from Amsterdam and Dublin were cancelled.


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