Strong winds cause damage and confusion in Western Europe | WGN Radio 720

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On Thursday, October 21, 2021, firefighters will remove fallen trees from roads in Hamburg, Germany. Northern Germany was hit by storms and heavy rains. (Daniel Bockwoldt / dpa via AP)

Paris (AP) — Trains from Normandy to the Paris region stopped on Thursday after 250,000 French homes lost electricity and strong winds blew through the strips of northern France, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Local media reported that four people were injured in the Dutch town of Barendrecht, at the southern tip of Rotterdam, when a strong gust of wind tore tiles from the roof and uprooted trees in a residential area early in the morning.

According to images posted online, the storm that began on Wednesday afternoon on the Atlantic coast of Brittany blew east through the night, felling trees and collapsing roofs in some areas. The French National Weather Service maintained a storm warning on Thursday in the northeastern corner of the country adjacent to Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.

According to the Meteorological Service, wind speeds reached 175 km / h (109 mph) in the Normandy town of Fécamp.

A fallen tree knocked down a power line, and Enedis’s utility said that as of Thursday morning, 250,000 homes had lost electricity.

According to the SNCF National Rail Authority, train movements have been suspended on some commuting routes in the Normandy and Champagne-Ardenne areas and in the Paris area.

The Dutch rail network was also destroyed by trees sprayed on the railroad tracks Thursday morning.

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway operator, has stopped all long-distance trains in the country’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, adjacent to the Netherlands and Belgium. The company said there were cancellations and delays in other parts of Germany as well.

Firefighters in the Belgian town of Westerhook, near the Dutch border, tweeted that they were called dozens of times overnight to deal with the damage caused by the storm.

The German National Meteorological Service warned on Thursday of gusts up to 105 km / h (65 mph) in the northern and northeastern parts of the country and up to 120 km / h in mountainous areas. However, there were no immediate reports of serious damage.

In Delmenhorst, northwestern Germany, a man struck a fallen branch on Wednesday evening with only minor injuries. At night, a freight train collided with a fallen branch in Bad Godesberg, a suburb of Bonn.

Two zoos in Berlin were closed as a precautionary measure for the day due to expected strong winds, and the animals were placed in indoor enclosures.

Strong winds cause damage and confusion in Western Europe | WGN Radio 720

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