Deadly storm Friederike calms after claiming 8 lives in Germany

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A Dutch police spokesperson told the media that they were investigating if powerful winds had led to the cause of the death of a 66-year-old man who died after falling through a glass roof.

At least nine people in four countries have died as the powerful storm swept across Western Europe.

In the town of Lippstadt in western Germany a driver was killed when strong winds caused him to lose control of his van and head into oncoming traffic.

Regional trains were also halted across northern and eastern Germany and some other areas, it said in a statement.

Neighboring Belgium also was being lashed by the storm with the port of Ghent closed because of the high winds.

In southern Germany, high-speed ICE trains were running as normal on Friday morning, although the service in the rest of the country remained subject to major disruptions, rail operator Deutsche Bahn said.

Six people died in Germany, including two firefighters killed by falling trees and debris.

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Schiphol airport in Amsterdam halted flights for over an hour with KLM airlines cancelling over 200 flights before the storm even arrived. Dozens of flights were cancelled in Dusseldorf and all long-distance train service across the country was suspended.

The high winds began to abate in the Netherlands by early afternoon, with the code red warning lifted, apart from eastern provinces bordering Germany. Many school children had been left without public transport to get home.

Train travel was also disrupted in northern Germany while some bridges and some stretches of roads were closed in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Traffic on Dutch roads was plunged into chaos, with the wind blowing over trucks, toppling trees and hampering efforts to clean up the mess. It said it had dispatched emergency crews to deal with storm damage.

Germany's rail service said stranded passengers will receive a hotel voucher or will have the option of spending a night in a train at the station.

In a statement, the rail operator said only a limited number of trains were operating on worldwide routes. "We don't want to take any risks", OeBB spokesman Christoph Gasser-Mair said.

German rail company Deutsche Bahn resumed operations Friday, but warned of possible delays to its service because of damage to the tracks.

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