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Europe Mops Up After Storm Kills 47

Storm News: Europe
Photo: Huge waves pound the port of Wimereux, France. Northern Europe was hit by a ferocious storm front on Thursday that left 41 people dead. (See Slideshow)

Jan 19, 2007
BERLIN (Jan. 19) - Europeans worked Friday to restore services across the continent after hurricane-force winds toppled trees, brought down power lines and damaged buildings, killing at least 47 people and disrupting travel for tens of thousands.

More than 1 million homes had no electricity in the Czech Republic, which was hit by winds of up to 112 mph, another 1 million households in Germany suffered power losses, while tens of thousands in Poland and Austria also were hit with outages.

Hurricane-force winds and driving rain left 14 people dead in Britain, 12 in Germany, six each in the Netherlands and Poland, four in the Czech Republic, three in France and two in Belgium. It was the highest death toll from a storm in Europe since 1999, when gales downed trees and driving snow brought on avalanches, killing more than 120 in three days.
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