6 dead, freighter runs aground in major European storm

People on the German island of Spiekeroog on Monday look at the freighter Glory Amsterdam in the distance after it ran aground on Sunday. Photo by Patrick Koesters/Spiekergoog tourist information/EPA

Oct. 30 (UPI) — Strong winds from a major storm hit northern and central Europe — killing at least six people and causing a freighter to run aground in Germany’s North Sea.

Deutsche Wells reported that three people drowned in Germany — a 63-year-old man in Lower Saxony and two people in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania — and a third passenger was listed as missing Monday.

In Poland and the Czech Republic, three people were killed by falling trees.

Officials said winds from Storm Herwart reached about 110 mph in parts of Germany and triggered flooding and coastal storm surges. Hamburg also saw widespread flooding as the Elbe River overran its banks.

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national rail service, returned to partial service Monday after being suspended because of fallen trees on the tracks.

Authorities said they were also watching for potential oil leaks from the Glory Amsterdam — a 738-foot long freighter that ran aground off the German island of Langeoog.

The ship’s 22 crew members were unhurt, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, but rescuers were hampered by massive waves.

Tugboats were attempting to refloat the Glory Amsterdam in higher water, the Maritime Bulletin reported.

In Poland, a pipeline at Poland’s liquefied natural gas terminal in the port of Swinoujscie was damaged.


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