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Storm lashes northern Europe leaving at least 13 dead

A storm battering north-western Europe has killed at least 13 people – six of them in Germany.

Two people died when their car was crushed by a falling tree in Gelsenkirchen, in western Germany. Two children in the car were injured.

In Brittany, western France, a woman was swept out to sea. And in the Dutch city of Amsterdam a tree felled by the wind crushed a woman by a canal.

Record gusts of 191 km/h (119mph) were measured over the North Sea.

Many trains were cancelled in and around London and in north-western Germany.

At least 50 flights were cancelled at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands, and the German media reported severe delays at airports in Hamburg and Dusseldorf.

In Germany, a fisherman and a sailor were killed in separate accidents at sea.

Including the Gelsenkirchen incident, four people were killed in north-western Germany when trees fell onto cars, DPA reported.

Power cuts hit 42,000 homes in northern France, and at Belle-Ile in Brittany a woman was swept into the sea from a cliff.

Read full story on BBC News

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Last updated December 8, 2016 at 12:39 AM
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