Strong Winds Wreak Havoc in Eastern Europe

Strong squalls have swept through eastern Europe and have caused property damage and power outages.

At least 250,000 French houses lost power after electricity poles were toppled while the Normandy-Paris train line was suspended. 

French national weather service Meteo France reported that wind gusts of 153 kilometers per hour were recorded at the top of the Eiffel Tower and maintained storm warnings. 

Rail services were also halted in the Netherlands and Germany after wind-borne debris blocked the tracks.

“Hundreds of our staff are at work removing trees and other obstacles from the tracks, repairing overhead lines, and recording the damage,” said  Deutsche Bahn (DB).

The winds also caused property damage in the Netherlands and wounded  4 people in the southwestern town of Barendrecht.

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