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Death toll rises to 6 as Storm Xaver batters northern Europe

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By Chris Harris  with REUTERS
Death toll rises to 6 as Storm Xaver batters northern Europe

<p>Six people have now died from the hurricane-force winds sweeping across northern Europe.</p> <p>The death toll rose after the storm, called Xaver, blew a tree onto a car in Poland, killing three people inside.</p> <p>Two people died in Britain as winds hit 225 kph. In Scotland a lorry driver was killed when his vehicle was blown over near Edinburgh, while another life was claimed when a man was crushed by a falling tree in Nottinghamshire.</p> <p>In western Denmark the 72-year-old female passenger of a truck died when the vehicle overturned in howling winds. </p> <p>In Britain thousands were evacuated from their homes on low-lying east coast areas amid warnings of “exceptionally high tides” – the most serious tidal surge for more than 60 years.</p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AEXS56vWV5A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Sea levels are higher in some areas than during the devastating floods of 1953 that killed hundreds along the North Sea coast. </p> <p>But Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said flood defences strengthened since 1953 had protected more than 800,000 homes.</p> <p>The storms are causing major travel disruption, too. </p> <p>Hamburg airport cancelled around 70 flights, while a high-speed rail line running between Germany’s two largest cities – Hamburg and Berlin – was blocked on Friday by debris on the tracks.</p> <p>Poland’s flagship airline <span class="caps">LOT</span> cancelled some domestic and European flights on Friday due to “unexpected weather changes in Europe”.</p> <p>The winds have also brought down electricity lines leaving thousands in Scotland, Poland and northern Germany without power.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/248740/606x341_xaver-storm-germany-scotland.jpg"></p> <p><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></p>