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Four die as storm Xynthia sweeps Germany

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Four die as storm Xynthia sweeps Germany


At least four people were killed in Germany as storm Xynthia continued east across Europe.

A 69-year-old man was killed when his car was hit by a tree in the Black Forest, a jogger and a rambler were killed in separate incidents in Bergheim and Bad Schwalbach.

Peter Hartmann, meteorologist at the German weather centre advised people to stay away from wooded areas.

“With this sort of weather it’s always best to stay at home if that is at all possible. On no account should people be driving through forests, some streets have been closed off anyway. So whoever can should stay at home,” he said.

With winds gusting at 130 kilometres an hour Frankfurt’s central train station closed down, causing anger among many passengers whose journeys were abruptly halted mid-route.

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