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Deadly storm Friederike causes Dutch and German transport chaos

January 18, 2018 4:21 pm

Five people have been killed in storm-related accidents as hurricane-strength winds tear across northern Europe.

Three people died after being hit by falling trees and debris in the Netherlands and one in Germany.

A second German was killed in a collision when his van was blown on to the wrong side of the road.

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Facing gusts of up to 140km/h (90mph), Germany’s train operator Deutsche Bahn cancelled all long-distance services for the rest of Thursday.

Many regional services were also cancelled.

Flights at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam – one of the busiest in Europe – were briefly suspended and two of its three departure halls were closed after roof plates were blown off the terminal building.

More than 300 flights were cancelled and the airport said passengers should check their flights status online or contact their airline.

People arriving at Schiphol told reporters they had experienced rough landings with some passengers around them throwing up.

The storm, called Friederike in Germany, is due to cross the country from west to east before reaching Poland overnight.

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