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Death toll from European storm reaches 47

January 20, 2007|From the Associated Press

BERLIN — Workers across Europe hauled away fallen trees and repaired power lines Friday after the deadliest storm to strike the continent in eight years killed at least 47 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Trains started rolling again after a near-total shutdown during Thursday night's hurricane-force winds. Airports from London to Frankfurt reported some delays and cancellations but were on their way back to normal operations.

The storm knocked out electricity to more than 1 million homes in the Czech Republic, where winds reached 112 mph. About 170,000 customers were still without electricity Friday night. A million households in Germany and tens of thousands in Britain, Poland and Austria also lost power.

Strong storms had been predicted this year for parts of Europe, with researchers saying unusually high temperatures in the Atlantic could cause winds to accumulate more energy.

The storm killed 14 people in Britain, 12 in Germany, six each in the Netherlands and Poland, four in the Czech Republic, three in France and two in Belgium.

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