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Breaking Storm News: Poland-Northern Europe
In pictures: Storms lash Europe

Jan 19, 2007
A violent storm lashing northern Europe has hit the Netherlands and Germany after passing over Britain and France. At least 27 people have been killed, as the high winds have sent debris flying and brought down trees and power lines. Nine people were killed in Britain as rain and gusts of wind up to 99mph (159km/h) swept much of the country. The winds were THE HIGHEST RECORDED SINCE JANUARY 1990. In Germany, hurricane-force winds claimed at least seven lives. Meteorologists in Germany said the storm was THE WORST IN FIVE YEARS, with winds gusting up to 190km/h (118mph). The national rail company had to suspend all its services, leaving passengers stranded and the head of German railways said the situation was unprecedented. Other deaths were reported in France, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The Dutch weather service said the country had NOT SEEN SUCH A STORM FOR YEARS. The severe weather has thrown transport systems into chaos, with hundreds of flight, rail and ferry cancellations and roads and schools ordered closed. Austria has forecast winds of up to 105mph (170km/h) at higher altitudes in the Alps, and officials warned skiers to get off the mountains and seek shelter before nightfall. Residents along the North Sea coast are warned to expect storm swells up to 3.5m (11.5ft) higher than normal. The winds are not expected to weaken until they reach Russia and Ukraine.
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