Hurricane Herwart winds hit Europe

 Hurricane Herwart winds hit Europe

At least six people have been killed in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic after hurricane-style winds of up to 111 mph devastated the region.

Four victims in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees. Meanwhile, in Germany, two people were killed.

Winds reached more than 60 mph in several parts of the Czech Republic and hit 111 mph at the top of Snezka, the country's highest mountain.

The "Glory Amsterdam," a 225-metre long oil tanker, became stuck in the water on the German island of Langeoog. Authorities are keeping a close watch for any signs of oil leaks, although the ship's crew of 22 are all believed to be safe. The vessel 1,800 tonnes of heavy oil and 140 tonnes of marine diesel on board as fuel, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

The storm also knocked out power to thousands in Poland and the Czech Republic, and rail traffic in large parts of northern Germany remained suspended after heavy damage from fallen trees, Express reported.

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said it had "significant damage" on key routes and suspended its northern and central Germany services until Monday.

The decision left thousands of travellers stranded and cut rail access to cities such as Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover and Kiel.

Deutsche Bahn restored some service late on Sunday and provided sleeping cars at stations for stranded passengers.

Hamburg saw widespread flooding in the inner city area, meanwhile winds felled trees in the Czech Republic which halted traffic on several railway lines and a highway just outside of Prague.

Prague Zoo closed because of the winds, but Prague Airport was running without problems.

The winds also hit Poland, damaging a pipeline at Poland's liquefied natural gas terminal, causing a small leak, in the port of Swinoujscie. A spokesman said the pipeline suffered a small leak but there was no greater damage.

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