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12 dead by hurricane "Zeynep" – successor "Antonia" approaching

The hurricane over Europe has caused severe damage and several fatalities between Britain and Poland. At least a dozen people lost their lives as a result of falling trees and other consequences of the storm.

The damage to property cannot yet be quantified, but is likely to be in the high three-digit million range. The low moved from Great Britain via Germany to Poland. There four people were killed by fallen trees. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki urged the population to stay at home. 1.2 million households across the country were temporarily cut off from the electricity supply. At least 2,200 buildings were damaged, some seriously.

Germany: Train traffic remains severely affected

Train traffic is still severely restricted in many places. A number of stranded travelers had to reorient themselves and switch to other means of transport.

Deutsche Bahn said the forecast for this Sunday and Monday remains difficult. There is damage to be repaired on more than a thousand kilometers of track. Clearing crews are on duty around the clock. There are still a particularly large number of disabilities north of the Dortmund – Hanover-Berlin line.

For the first time since 2013, Hamburg experienced a very severe storm surge with more than 3.5 meters above the mean high water level. Occasionally people had to be rescued from their vehicles by the fire brigade. Large parts of the beaches on the North Sea islands of Wangerooge and Langeoog were washed into the sea.

The danger of the storm has not yet been averted. The German weather service warned before the low Antonia that hurricane-force gusts were approaching again. The night of this Monday could be particularly turbulent.

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