Storm Friederike disrupts European air and rail

Storm Friederike disrupts European air and rail

Thalys, the high-speed train service, suspended services to the Netherlands and Germany until at least 1300 GMT.

As the national weather service raised its warning to the highest code red level, a 62-year-old man was killed in the central Dutch town of Olst by a falling branch.

Dutch authorities have suspended all flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol airport because of a severe storm.

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Storm Friederike, which swept across Germany from the west on Thursday, is the heaviest storm in the country since 2007, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Violent gales battered northern Europe and beyond on Thursday, snapping air and train links and leaving four people dead, all killed by falling trees.

Police say they are not certain that the third death - which happened when a man fell through a plexiglass construction - was storm-related.

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German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said all long distance and some regional trains had been halted after the storm, but operations slowly resumed on Friday.

More than 100,000 lost electricity in Germany due to the storm, news agency dpa reported.

Flights were grounded, train service was halted and trucks were knocked over by the strong winds. More than 150 flights into and out of the hub were canceled as a result, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, and some roof damage was reported.

The storm caused, bringing down trees and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes.

With wind speeds of up to 86mph in the country, Dutch authorities have warned people to remain indoors and not to attempt to venture out into the storm.

One video showed a temporary building being blown off its foundations by strong winds, while others showed people being tossed around helplessly by the elements.

"We expect that in the course of the morning, all large cities will be able to be reached with long-distance trains - with some restrictions", the statement said.

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