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Sabine storm in Europe: several people killed - thousands without electricity

2020-02-10T16:04:18.547Z

Storm depression Sabine keeps Europe in suspense. The hurricane-like gusts affect air traffic and long-distance traffic. Several people are killed.



Storm depression Sabine keeps Europe in suspense. The hurricane-like gusts affect air traffic and long-distance traffic. Several people are killed.

  • The storm low "Sabine" sweeps through Europe at hurricane-like speeds.
  • There are several casualties.
  • Air and rail traffic are restricted and thousands of households have to endure without electricity at times.

Berlin - Storm "Sabine" caused considerable damage not only in Germany *, but in parts of Europe on Sunday and Monday. The center of the storm, which is called “Ciara” in countries like Great Britain, France and Belgium, was only north of Scotland and then shifted to the Norwegian coast.

Especially in the northwest of the continent, households were therefore without electricity , train trips and flights were canceled . A woman and her daughter died in Poland due to the storm, and a man died in Great Britain.

Sabine storm: 20,000 British households temporarily without electricity

In some regions of the UK , the storm brought as much rain within 24 hours as it would in a month and a half. More than 20,000 households were cut off from electricity on Monday night.

Floods and fallen trees severely hampered road and rail traffic; in Brentwood, Essex , a car crashed into a small crater that had formed on the street overnight. A man was killed by a tree . Air traffic was also restricted.

Storm depression Sabine: natural monument is being felled - farewell party planned

The storm caused a lot of damage in Belgium. According to the first media reports, nobody was injured when trees and scaffolding fell in many places in the country and the gusts covered roofs. Trains were delayed or restricted on many routes.

Stacked containers overturned in the port of Antwerp. In Zottegem, west of Brussels , the storm fell a poplar , about 150 years old , which stood alone on a hill. According to the transmitter VBRT, the imposing tree was protected as a registered natural monument. On Monday, residents planned a celebration on social media to say goodbye to the tree.

In Brussels, the wind released parts of a lightweight facade that fell onto the street from the sixth and seventh floors . The storm also covered several roofs. Rails were delayed or restricted on many routes. In Blankenberge on the coast, wind speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour were measured, as Belga reported.

Storm depression Sabine: households around Paris suddenly run out of electricity

In France , around 130,000 households were initially without electricity . According to the network operator Enedis, the metropolitan area of ​​Paris and northern and eastern France were affected, where numerous connections with regional trains were also dropped.

For more than 30 departments, the increased alert prepared by the French weather service Météo-France continued on Monday. Dozens of flights were canceled.

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Violent waves: The water in the British Blackpool shoots high over the waterfront.

© dpa / Peter Byrne

Sabine storm: S-Bahn in Switzerland crashes into fallen tree

Aviation, rail and road traffic were also affected in Austria and Switzerland . In the Swiss community of Wald , an S-Bahn crashed into a fallen tree on Monday morning. Nobody was injured, as the news agency sda reported.

A similar accident occurred in Moutier in the canton of Bern on Sunday evening, and there were no injuries there either. At the airports in Zurich, Basel-Mulhouse and Vienna, the storm has caused numerous flights to be canceled since Sunday evening.

Storm depression Sabine: Injured in the Czech Republic after a tree crash on a car

In the Czech Republic , around 100,000 households were without electricity on Monday morning because power lines were damaged by falling trees, energy suppliers said. The fire brigades were in constant use to clear roads and secure roofs - more than 250 deployments were counted nationwide within an hour.

In the southern Bohemian district of Prachatice (Prachatice), a person was slightly injured when a tree crashed into a car . There were numerous train cancellations and delays in rail traffic.

Storm depression Sabine: wife and daughter in the ski resort killed by falling roof parts

In Poland, a woman and her daughter were killed in a parking lot by falling roof parts in the Bukowina Tatrzanska ski resort in the south of the country. According to a police spokesman, another woman and boy were injured in the accident and taken to hospital with minor head injuries .

On Monday, more than 55,000 households were without electricity , as the PAP news agency reported. By 6:00 a.m., fire departments across the country had to deploy more than 1,100 missions, among other things, to clear trees from the streets .

Storm Sabine: Strong winds and high waves impair ferry operations

As of Monday, 2,300 households in Estonia were without electricity, and in Lithuania there were a good 3,000 households, according to local electricity suppliers. Households in coastal regions on the Baltic Sea were particularly affected. Due to the strong winds and the associated high waves , the ferry service partially came to a standstill.

Air traffic was also affected: The early flight of the Latvian airline Air Baltic from Riga to Munich on Monday morning was forced to reverse by the storm , as a spokeswoman for the airport in Riga said.

Storm depression Sabine: Another 220 flights canceled at Amsterdam Airport

The day after the storm in the Netherlands, around 220 flights had to be canceled again at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport . The airport said on Monday that the capacity of the runways was limited due to strong winds and heavy gusts.

The day before, 240 mostly European flights had been canceled . The storm caused only limited damage in the Netherlands - mostly it was about fallen trees and damaged roofs.

Bavaria has also suffered from the record-breaking wind speeds, as merkur.de * reports. Train traffic is impaired across Germany - all long-distance connections are temporarily cut off. * Schoolchildren get free because various facilities remain closed due to the dangers associated with the storm. *

The merkur.de * portal also explains what train drivers and passengers should watch out for during the hurricane storm. A photo of the aftermath of the storm's low, spread via Twitter, makes people laugh on the Internet. *

* merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

dpa

Source: merkur

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