Thursday, July 15, 2010

Deadly storms batter western Germany

One man was killed by a falling tree and Frankfurt airport had to be temporarily closed as fierce storms battered much of Germany on Wednesday night.

Western parts of the country bore the brunt of storm front, which brought heavy rain, gales, thunder and lightning and injured dozens of people through falling tree branches, hurled debris and road accidents.

A small tornado caused damage in the lower Rhine region, while several camp sites were destroyed in the Rhineland-Palatinate.

A 72-year-old hunter was found dead just before midnight under a fallen tree in a forest in the Hessian region of Werra-Meißner after being reported missing by a fellow hunter, police said.

Frankfurt airport, Germany’s largest and a key European air transport hub, was closed for half and hour from around 8pm to 8.30pm. Approaching planes had to be diverted or put in a holding pattern, an airport spokesman said, though he had no information on how many passengers had been affected.

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