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Hurricane force winds batter Europe

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Hurricane force winds batter Europe

<p>Hurricane force winds have battered parts of northern Europe leaving at least five people dead in weather related incidents.</p> <p>In Germany two forestry workers died when their vehicle was crushed by a falling tree, another person was killed when a stone wall fell on him.</p> <p>Trains and flights were all disrupted across northern Germany with rail services cancelled as far south as Bavaria.</p> <p>“It’s chaos. Nothing is operating anymore. There is no railway traffic in North Rhine Westphalia at all. Now, we are trying to get a voucher so we can take a taxi somewhere,” said one man waiting at Cologne station.</p> <p>In Austria one man died when he tried to fix his roof and fell off a ladder.</p> <p>At the storm’s height winds of 100 kph were recorded with gusts reaching 120 kph.</p> <p>A fifth victim died in the eastern Netherlands when a warehouse roof collapsed.</p> <p>The Dutch authorities have warned freight drivers not to travel with lightly loaded vehicles after overturned lorries blocked roads.</p> <p>Britain was also wind-battered as the ferocious weather system toppled trees and damaged homes.</p> <p>The UK is now on flood alert with rain storms threatening to last until the Easter weekend.</p> <p>While in the Czech Republic the strong winds brought with them heavy snow and freezing temperatures causing many road accidents and leaving locals struggling to cope with the unseasonal weather.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en data-scribe-reduced-action-queue="><p>UK Weather: Britain is battered by freak winds and worse to come <a href="http://t.co/UZNYhQ0Ivh">http://t.co/UZNYhQ0Ivh</a> <a href="http://t.co/iJfPbqZKbU">pic.twitter.com/iJfPbqZKbU</a></p>— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) <a href="https://twitter.com/DailyMirror/status/582966795948175361">March 31, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>