A Hurricane in Germany...in the winter!?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Nalos Surith, Jan 18, 2007.


  1. Nalos Surith

    Nalos Surith Monkey+++

    [banghead]
    What the hell is going on, all of America's weather is F*#$ed, now Europe's getting a hurricane in the winter!

    What kind of bull**** is this! [hissyfit]

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    http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=95322007

    Hurricane causes major disruptions in Germany

    By Dave Graham
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans were told to stay indoors and many schools across the country closed early on Thursday as a rare hurricane bore down on them, seriously disrupting air and rail travel and causing at least one death on the roads.



    After leaving a trail of damage in the Netherlands and the English Channel, authorities were on alert as hurricane "Kyrill" reached western Germany in the afternoon, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and causing major delays on roads.
    In southwest Germany, one motorist was killed after he crashed into another vehicle between trying to avoid a fallen tree, police said. The other driver was seriously injured.


    In the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, a train was held up when it crashed into an uprooted tree, police and national rail operator Deutsche Bahn said. Nobody was injured.
    Germany's DWD meteorological service said the storm could generate winds of up to 180 km/h (112 mph) in high and exposed areas and as much as 130 km/h in lower-lying regions.
    "What's unusual about this storm is that it will affect the whole country and not just certain zones," said Christoph Hartmann, a spokesman for the DWD in Offenbach.


    After hitting the north and west of Germany Kyrill will sweep across the rest of the country and move eastwards into Poland, the Czech Republic and northern Austria, the DWD said.
    Rain would likely continue into the weekend in affected areas, as the storm's force gradually dissipated, it added.


    As Germans were warned on the radio and television to keep their cars away from trees and to stay indoors, authorities in states stretching across the length and breadth of the country said many schools were closing early due to Kyrill's arrival.
    Rescue services around Germany said they had mobilized extra staff to prepare for potential flooding and destructive winds.
    German airline Deutsche Lufthansa said it expected numerous flight cancellations and delays on Thursday, while Frankfurt airport said takeoffs and landings were cut by half.
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  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Where is Austin Powers when you need him?o_O
     
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