A powerful storm packing hurricane-force winds has left at least nine people dead across Europe and shut down transportation systems in parts of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Storm Friederike, which was known as Storm Fionn in the United Kingdom and Ireland, caused widespread disruption in the Netherlands and Germany, with Amsterdam Schipol airport having to cancel all flights, while German train operator Deutsche Bahn cancelled all long-distance services on Thursday.
But the airport also had to close the entrances to two of its three departure halls when some roof tiles were whipped off the terminal building. The Dutch rail service has reported a number of incidents, including a collision between a train and a trampoline, which made authorities halt all trains.
Many of those killed, in the Netherlands and in Germany, were hit by falling trees and debris.
Terrifying videos posted online show people being blown through plazas like tumbleweeds and bikes being ripped from cyclists' hands.
Belgian media reported that a woman was killed in the forest of Beausart by a tree that fell on her auto.
In Belgium, the port of Ghent was closed because of the high winds. Heavy winds also blew away over 60 trucks.
Schiphol later said that some flights would resume as the storm moved inland, adding that there would be severe delays.
"Such heavy gusts bring with them a danger to people and traffic", it added, warning of the risks of falling trees and urging people not to venture go into the seas, with many Dutch surfers often seen seeking out the highest waves.
The Dutch Railways (NS) and operator ProRail said overhead power lines had been damaged by the wind, as well as some railway tracks.
Meteorologists expect the current storm to travel on from Western Germany to the states of Saxony and Southern Brandenburg in the course of Thursday.
In Thuringia, a firefighter was killed by a falling tree.
Trains on Germany's intercity lines began running early Friday (Jan 19), a day after being suspended as violent gales battered northern Europe, killing at least six people across the country.
Some bridges and some stretches of road were closed in NRW.
The Dutch national traffic service the VID said over two dozen large lorries had been toppled by the gale-force winds.
German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said it had suspended all services in North Rhine-Westphalia, the country's most populous state, leaving hundreds of thousands of travelers and commuters stranded.