10 killed in storm in Central Europe

/ Source: The Associated Press

The death toll from a violent storm that plagued parts of Europe rose to 10 after Polish officials said Sunday that two people there were killed by falling objects because of the hurricane-strength winds.

The two men were killed in separate incidents Saturday night. In one case a falling tree and in the other a part of a truck roof torn off by the wind struck the cars they were driving.

Winds in Poland Saturday were clocked at more than 60 mph in some instances. The wind also snapped numerous power lines, leaving hundreds of residents in central and northwestern Poland without power.

The powerful storms also claimed the lives of eight others on Saturday, including two people in the Czech Republic.

In Germany, two people were killed. Officials in Austria said four people were killed there. Austrian officials had clocked gusts as high as 100 mph.

High winds in Germany tore the roof off of a building at Duesseldorf airport. They also knocked down a tree that smashed into a high-speed train in the west of the country.

Frankfurt International Airport said it was forced to cancel 70 flights early Saturday due to the winds, while national railway operator Deutsche Bahn reported dozens of trains delayed due to debris-scattered tracks and downed electrical lines.

Dozens of Czech train lines were closed owing to fallen trees and power outages. Delays were also reported at Prague’s Ruzyne International Airport.

Nearly 1 million people were without power after supplies were disrupted by winds gusting up to 88 mph, Czech CT24 television reported.

In the southern German state of Bavaria, a 22-year-old man riding his moped was blown into oncoming traffic and struck and killed by a car, police said.

Officials said four people were killed in Austria, including two Germans who died when a tree fell on their car in the Alpine province of Tyrol. A woman in Salzburg was killed when her car was struck by a tree, as was a passenger in a taxi in the province of Lower Austria.