At least 2 killed in storms in Central Europe

2017-10-29 16:20
A storm damaged wheat mill built in the year 1786 on October 29 2017 as a storm hit many parts of Germany.  (Wolfgang Runge , dpa via AFP)

A storm damaged wheat mill built in the year 1786 on October 29 2017 as a storm hit many parts of Germany. (Wolfgang Runge , dpa via AFP)

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Berlin - At least two people have died as high winds knocked down trees, left homes without electricity and caused widespread travel chaos across much of Central Europe.

Czech public television reported that two people were killed on Sunday when they were hit by falling trees. In Berlin, a man was severely injured by roof tiles falling from a building.

Storm Herwart, whose wind gusts reached 180 km/h, caused blackouts in hundreds of thousands of homes in the Czech Republic.

Train connections in several German northern states were shut down, including links to and from Berlin, because of the danger from branches on the tracks. Germany rail company Deutsche Bahn opened stationary trains to travellers left stranded by cancellations.

In Hamburg, the Elbe river flooded a parking garage and several streets.

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