By Tinuade Salami
No fewer than six people have been killed in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic after a powerful storm wreaked havoc in parts of central and northern Europe.
Reports say the death toll included a 63-year-old camper who drowned in a storm surge on the German coast and two holidaymakers whose motorboat overturned.
Winds reached 180km/h (112mph) on the Czech Republic’s highest mountain.
Thousands of Poles and Czechs are still without power. The centre of the German city of Hamburg has been flooded.
Some rail services were still suspended in parts of Germany after routes sustained damage.
Disruption was also reported on railways and several roads across the Czech Republic.
According to local media, several said to have been people killed by falling trees in strong winds both there and in Poland, While in Germany, a 48-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man died after the boat they were in overturned in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. A third person was still missing on Monday.
A freighter – the Glory Amsterdam – ran aground off the German North Sea isle of Langeoog. The authorities are watching for any sign that its 1,800 tonnes of fuel oil might leak.
The ship’s crew of 22 are uninjured on board and rescuers are trying to reach them, but massive waves are hampering the effort.
An Aircraft was also seen struggling with landing due to the effect of the storm.
It is not yet known the whereabouts of the plane as it took off immediately.