Five die as strong storms sweep across Germany, Poland and Czech Republic

BBC | Published: October 30, 2017 11:25:53 | Updated: October 31, 2017 18:52:31

Frefighters work on a tree that fell during stormy weather caused by a storm called "Herwart," in Hamburg, Germany October 29, 2017. (Reuters photo)

Powerful storms have wreaked havoc in parts of central and northern Europe, killing at least five people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

A 63-year-old camper drowned on the German coast as the result of a storm surge while the other four were killed by falling trees in strong winds.

Winds reached 180km/h (112mph) on the Czech Republic's highest mountain.

Thousands of Poles and Czechs are still without power. The centre of the German city of Hamburg has been flooded.

Some rail services were still suspended in parts of Germany after routes sustained damage.

Disruption had also been reported on railways and several roads across the Czech Republic.

A freight ship ran aground on the German island of Langeoog. The authorities are keeping a close watch for signs that its 1,800 tonnes of fuel oil might leak.

The ship's crew of 22 were safe, broadcaster DW reports.

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