Violent storm lashes Germany, killing 3, suspending traffic

09:16, March 01, 2010      

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Two girls under gathering heavy clouds near Frankfurt, Feb. 28, 2010. Storm "Xynthia" caused serious damage to Germany, resulting in sectional disruption of rail and flight traffic. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


A fierce storm swept western Germany Sunday amid gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour, at least 3 people killed, many trees toppled and hundreds of flights and trains suspended.

Dubbed "Xynthia," the Atlantic storm moved into Germany from north-eastern France, with hurricane-strength winds, causing weather services to issue an emergency warning for the western and southwestern parts of the country.


A Lufthansa flag flutters at Frankfurt's airport February 28, 2010. Storm "Xynthia" caused damage in parts of Germany, resulting in sections of rail and flight traffic to be disrupted. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


A man of his 70s was killed when a tree fell on his car in the Black Forest, and a 70-year-old woman driver was also killed by falling trees, police said.

Another woman was crushed by a tree amid the storm as she was jogging in a woods in the western town of Bergheim, police said.


Travellers wait in a line to learn about the status of their flights at Frankfurt's airport February 28, 2010. Storm "Xynthia" caused damage in parts of Germany, resulting in sections of rail and flight traffic to be disrupted. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


In the southwest city of Karsruhe, some policemen were lightly injured when a tree crashed down on their trucks.

The Frankfurt airport, Germany's biggest airport, had to canceled at least 200 flights due to the sweeping winds up to 130 kilometers per hour, a spokesman said.


Travellers wait in a queue to learn about the status of their flights at Frankfurt's airport February 28, 2010. Storm "Xynthia" caused damage in parts of Germany, resulting in sections of rail and flight traffic to be disrupted. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Frankfurt's central train station, one of the busiest transportation hub in Germany, were forced to close temporarily. In south and west Germany, most of regional and long-distance train services were suspended.

Violent storms have been shaking western Europe since Friday night, until now killing at least 51 people and leaving more than a million households without electricity across the continent. France was the hardest hit, with some 40 people killed and several people still missing.

Source: Xinhua

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