Death and disruption as Storm Eunice hits mainland Europe | Europe

Storm Eunice has claimed the lives of at least five people in mainland Europe, after crossing the UK and Ireland on Friday, wreaking havoc on millions.

From England, record gales have started crossing the continent, hitting Belgium, the Netherlands and parts of northern France, and are expected to reach Denmark and Germany on Friday evening.

Dutch authorities issued a red weather warning and hundreds of flights were canceled, while trains were halted on Friday afternoon. Four people were reportedly killed after being hit by falling trees. Pieces of the roof of the ADO The Hague football club stadium were blown off, authorities said.

A 79-year-old Briton died in the Belgian town of Ypres after being blown from his boat by strong winds, according to Reuters. Belgian authorities had urged citizens to only venture out in an emergency, while in the province of Brittany in northern France four-metre-high waves were reported and train travel were interrupted.

In Denmark, trains have been ordered to reduce speed and bridges and roads have been closed in anticipation of record winds.

In Germany, where the storm has been named Zeynep by meteorologists, it is expected to reach speeds of up to 160 km (100 miles) per hour and last until the wee hours of Saturday morning. Additionally, a thunderstorm is expected to develop within the storm, meteorologists said. The country, along with neighboring Poland and the Czech Republic, is still reeling from storm Ylenia, which hit Wednesday night, uprooting trees, overturning trucks and killing three people in Germany, including a man. 37 year old whose car was hit by a tree.

Deutsche Bahn, the national rail operator, has canceled regional and long-distance trains as emergency services in parts of northern and western Germany, including North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin, Brandenburg and Hamburg, were put on alert. A DB spokesperson described the weather warnings as “severe” and urged travelers to delay travel, promising that the validity of their tickets would be extended.

The German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a level three storm warning for the entire country and the highest level four warning for the entire 1,300 km long North Sea coast ( 808 miles). On the North Sea islands, winds were expected to reach speeds as high as 170 km (105 miles) per hour.

Automaker Volkswagen was one of many to close its factories in the North Sea coastal city of Emden on Friday afternoon, canceling overnight and overnight shifts in anticipation of the storm.

DWD called the storms “deadly” due primarily to flying objects such as falling trees. People were asked to close doors and windows and to secure all movable objects, including garden furniture, bicycles and portable bins.

DWD predicted widespread flooding in the coming days, particularly in the port towns of Cuxhaven and Hamburg, which were also badly hit by Wednesday’s storm. Authorities said they were prepared for water levels to rise three meters above their usual height and put officials on hold to observe all the levees in the area.

The weather is expected to remain stormy in large parts of Germany for the next few days.

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