Amsterdam airport cancels all flights due to severe storms


At least five people have reportedly been killed in violent storm that hit north-west Europe on Thursday, causing traffic disruptions and power outages across the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

"Since this affects many long-distance connections, there are effects on the entire rail services, also internationally", German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said in a statement obtained by the Guardian.

According to the Associated Press, two 62-year-old men were killed in separate incidents of falling trees or branches in the Netherlands on Thursday, and a third death was reported south of Brussels, Belgium.

Several people were killed by falling trees.

Belgian media reported that a woman was killed in the forest of Beausart by a tree that fell on her vehicle. Meanwhile, power outages left 1,00,000 people without electricity in Germany. We'll keep you posted.

The Dutch national weather service recorded wind gusts of up to 140 kph (87 mph) in the southern port of Hook of Holland as the storm passed over.

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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. In the Bavarian Alps, a World Cup ski event was suspended as winds howled up to 126 miles per hour on the peaks.

Friederike has been deemed the worst storm to hit the country since 2007, the German weather service announced. He later died in hospital, police from the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt said.

Whole roofs were torn off homes in Rotterdam and Egmond aan Zee, as police said thousands of calls were received from people reporting damage across the country.

The high winds were expected to decrease by later in the afternoon, but Dutch officials had closed to all traffic several more-exposed roads and bridges crossing different dykes.

Elsewhere in Europe, Tyrol state in western Austria said the Westbahn train line linking Vienna, Linz and Salzburg was closed on Thursday morning because of avalanche risk, national railways company OeBB said. Any regional trains still running have cut their speed because of the strong winds.