Dutch storm caused 90 million euros in damage

Rescue workers are busy at the site where a car was hit by a falling tree during a storm in Moers western Germany Thursday Jan. 18 2018. The driver was seriously injured in the accident

Several people were killed by falling trees and risky road conditions due to the storm.

At many stations, people stood in long lines in front of the information stands.

Travel was also affected on roadways, where several trucks were blown over by the strong winds. Strong winds also blew "a few roof plates" off buildings, it said, forcing the airport to close two departure entrances. Almost 200 flights into and out of the hub were canceled as a result, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, and some roof damage was reported at the airport.

Some 100,000 people in NRW and in the northern state of Lower Saxony were left without power, a spokesman for the energy company Westnetz said.

A powerful storm system swept across Europe Thursday, bringing strong winds that were responsible for at least 11 deaths and a widespread travel shutdown. It said it had dispatched emergency crews to deal with storm damages. They say another 62-year-old man died in the eastern city of Enschede after a falling tree hit his vehicle. Police are investigating the cause, including whether the storm was to blame. A 68-year-old van driver was killed when his vehicle was blown onto the other side of the street, police said.In Cologne, a baby was born in a auto after road closures made it impossible for the mother to reach hospital, the city's fire service said.A picture taken on January 18, 2018 shows metal roofing sheets from a supermarket blocking a road in Menden, western Germany, as the region is hit by the storm named "Friederike".

Gale-force winds gusting at up to 70 miles per hour (110 kph) have been recorded in Britain, where thousands of homes in southeast England have been left without electricity.

Dutch insurers said on Friday (Jan 19) that fierce storms that whipped across The Netherlands caused 90 million euros (S$146 million) in devastation, as the country's train service slowly creaked back into gear.

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Schiphol airport, one of Europe's busiest flight hubs, was forced to cancel all flights in or out for about two hours on Thursday.

In neighboring Belgium, the port of Ghent closed down because of the high winds and tram traffic was halted in parts of Brussels.

The national weather service in Holland recorded 140km/h wind gusts in the Hook of Holland port as the storm went past.

Schiphol later said some flights would resume as the storm moved inland, but that there would be severe delays.

In a statement, the rail operator said only a limited number of trains were operating on global routes.

Regional trains were also halted across northern and eastern Germany and some other areas, it said in a statement.


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