Storm causes transport chaos in Germany | DW News


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Storm causes transport chaos in Germany | DW News



Gale-force winds have swept across central Europe, wreaking havoc for commuters and killing at least four people.

Storm Ylenia hit northern Germany in the early hours of Thursday morning, with a wind speed of up to 152 kilometers per hour (almost 95 mph) recorded by the German Meteorological Service (DWD).

Germany’s national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) canceled long-distance trains in the states of Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin and Brandenburg.

Lufthansa canceled 20 flights and announced there would be delays because of bad weather. The German airline asked people to check their flight status before traveling.

Authorities recommended staying indoors and keeping a distance from buildings, scaffoldings and power lines.

In Poland, more than 500 homes were reported damaged in wind gusts measuring up to 125 kilometres per hour.

Police said two people died and two were injured after a large crane was toppled by heavy wind at a construction site in the southern city of Krakow.

In the UK, a rare “red weather” alert was issued Thursday and Friday, warning of “danger to life” from severe gusts in southwestern England and south Wales.

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  1. People are suprised about the behavior of the ferry passengers but i think they acted right they didn't panic and think before acting if you are hit by the wave it's better to be sitting and holding on to the seat than trying to move and lose you grab they only moved when it was reasonably safe very calm and smart people they are if you ask me.

  2. You need to act like you mortal. science has dull your senses to life threatening weather. You can't sense danger war should be the last thing on your mind labeled impossible.

  3. People’s reaction in that ferry is more like: “Really?? Did the water just smashed the glass? Maybe is just just my imagination. Hang on a sec… Nope, it was real, now I’ll run”.