World High winds sweep Central Europe, leave 5 dead, others hurtKIRSTEN GRIESHABER • The square in front of the Hamburg fish market is flooded early Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. High winds struck the country causing flooding and damage in northern and eastern Germany. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)The square in front of the Hamburg fish market is flooded early Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. High winds struck the country causing flooding and damage in northern and eastern Germany. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — High winds knocked down trees and caused widespread travel chaos across much of Central Europe on Sunday, leaving five people dead and several injured.Storm Herwart, whose gusts reached 180 kph (112 mph), also caused electricity blackouts in hundreds of thousands of homes in the Czech Republic, Austria and other countries.A Lufthansa flight from Houston to Frankfurt made an emergency landing in the southwestern German city of Stuttgart early Sunday because of the strong winds.Two people died in Poland, including a man who drove his car into a tree that had been knocked down by the storm, fire department spokesman Pawel Fratczak said. The second man was killed when a tree fell on his car in southwestern Poland and his passenger was hospitalized, Polish media reported.Two others were killed in the Czech Republic when they were hit by falling trees, local television reported.A 63-year-old camper was swept away in a flash flood and drowned at Jadebusen on Germany’s North Sea coast, the German news agency dpa reported.In Berlin, one man was severely injured by falling roof tiles and another was hit by scaffolding blown off a home.Two people were injured when their cars slid off the A20 highway, which was covered with 5 centimeters (2 inches) of hail, in Germany’s northeastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.Train connections in several northern German states were shut down, including links to and from Berlin, because of the danger from branches falling on the tracks. Germany rail company Deutsche Bahn opened stationary trains to travelers left stranded by the cancellations.In the northern German city of Hamburg, the Elbe River flooded a parking garage, the city’s famous fish market and several streets. Firefighters had to rescue seven cows from the Elbe.Zoos in Prague, Berlin and the eastern German city of Rostock closed because of the danger of falling trees and the Austrian capital of Vienna shut down all operations at its main train station._Vanessa Gera in Warsaw, Poland, and Karel Janicek in Prague, contributed to this report.
At least three dead as storm hits central Europe• Flood waters surround a car parked in Hamburg’s Fish Market district as a storm hits many parts of Germany and central Europe (AFP Photo/Daniel Bockwoldt)Prague (AFP) – At least three people died in a windstorm that hit central Europe on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions, rescuers said.In the Czech Republic, falling trees killed a woman near the central city of Trebic and an elderly man in Jicin northeast of Prague.A driver died in his car in Poland after crashing into a branch that had fallen on the road near the northwestern city of Szczecin, firefighters said.The strong winds halted traffic on dozens of railways and several roads across the Czech Republic. Some rivers in the north of the country reached the highest flood-alert levels.”At present, hundreds of thousands of households are left without power,” Sona Holingerova Hendrychova, spokeswoman for the state-run power producer CEZ, said in a statement.About 200,000 people were also grappling with power outages in western Poland.In Austria, the organisers cancelled the men’s World Cup season-opening giant slalom at Solden scheduled for Sunday.In Germany, the storms caused flooding in Hamburg, where waters rose up around the city’s fishmarket.