LONDON/January 03, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)—The Latest on the storm battering Europe (all times local):
Zoos have been closed, roads flooded and a train has derailed as a winter storm batters large parts of Germany.
The German news agency DPA reported Wednesday that a train derailed near Luenen in western Germany when it crashed into a tree that had fallen on the tracks. No injuries were reported.
Highways near Duisburg and Juelich in the west were also partially blocked because of toppled trees and flooding.
The zoos in Munich and Augsburg in Bavaria closed for the day and the railway leading up to Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze, was also shut down because of the bad weather.
A severe storm packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour has battered Britain and Ireland overnight.
The storm, which included heavy rain, hail and lightning left tens of thousands of households in Ireland and Britain without power, and also led to some bridge and road closures.
Extremely high tides also caused the partial collapse of a harbour wall in Cornwall in southwestern Britain.
Overturned vehicles forced officials to close portions of three major highways in England.
The country’s main weather forecaster, the Met Office, says gusts reached 100 mph in Cumbria 280 miles (450 kilometers) northwest of London early Wednesday morning when the storm reached its peak.
Forecasters said gusts of up to 80 mph are possible Wednesday.
France’s national electricity provider says a violent windstorm has left some 200,000 households without electricity across the country, including 30,000 in the Paris region.
The windstorm battered northern France Wednesday with winds reaching over 90 mph. Photos of destroyed cars, collapsed scaffolding and uprooted trees have appeared across social media.
Some 2,000 agents have been deployed to reconnect the energy supplies in the 49 French departments that have been placed on high alert.
Strong winds also battered Paris’ biggest airport Charles de Gaulle. Paris’ airport authority said that flights have been disrupted with slight delays stemming from precautions being taken to safely get travellers into aircraft.
By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (JS)
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