Photos: Friederike kills 8, becomes strongest windstorm in 11 years to strike Germany
By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 19, 2018, 1:08:24 PM EST
The death toll from Thursday's damaging windstorm Friederike has risen to 11 across central Europe with eight of them killed in Germany.
Strong winds from Friederike blasted areas from northern France into Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany on Thursday, causing extensive travel delays, damage and several deaths.
Friederike is being called the worst windstorm to strike Germany since Kyrill in 2007, according to the country's weather service.
At least 11 deaths have been reported across three countries (Belgium, Germany and Netherlands) and attributed to the storm, according to the AP.
Most of the deaths, eight total, occurred in Germany. Dozens more sustained injuries.
A 65-year-old man in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt state died when trying to secure his roof. The winds downing trees and branches and causing motorists to lose control of their vehicles are being blamed for the other deaths.
Some of the strongest wind gusts were found across coastal parts of northern France, to Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, ranging from 85 to 125 km/h (53 to 78 mph).
Wind speeds of this magnitude are enough to cause structural damage, topple trees and disrupt travel; and they did.
Wind gusts to 120 km/h (75 mph) were reported at the Schiphol Airport, in Amsterdam on Thursday. This prompted the suspension of all flights around midday at the airport, according to the Independent.
The Dutch national rail service also halted all trains.
The Dutch Association of Insurers estimates that damage to homes and cars will amount to at least 90 million euros ($110 million USD), according to the Netherlands news agency NOS. That figure does not include damage estimates to government property and companies.
Deutsche Bahn halted long-distance train traffic across all of Germany on Thursday. Travel resumed on Friday in many areas, but passengers were warned of delays due to damage on tracks.
The Cologne-Bonn airport also suspended flights for a time on Thursday due to the wintry weather and gusting winds.
Wind was not the only thing causing problems across western Europe. The storm brought a wave of snow across parts of Germany, ahead of the wind and before changing over to rain.
The snow created icy road conditions that proved challenging for drivers, and the weight of the snow on tree branches, in addition to the gusty winds brought widespread damage.
Up to 100,000 people lost electricity in Germany, according to Deutsche Welle.
Even though Friederike has departed, the effects to travel could linger even longer.
"Fallen trees or damage on railways will need to be cleaned off before train schedules can return to normal," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
Two storms will follow Friederike -- one on Saturday and Saturday night with the second on Monday --and can slow storm cleanup operations across Germany.
"While these storms will be weaker than Friederike, there may be enough snow and ice on the northern and eastern flanks of these storms to once again disrupt travel," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
"Winds will pale in comparison to Thursday's damaging gusts. However, there may be enough wind on Monday to down tree branches weakened by Friederike."
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Weather News - January 17, 2019, 4:26:57 PM EST
Reports of worse forecasts by the National Weather Service wrongly assume the government is the sole source for forecasting data.
Weather News - January 17, 2019, 7:13:08 PM EST
Amid a relentless series of storms, a powerful storm has been wreaking havoc in California from Wednesday into Thursday, further raising concerns of flooding, mudslides and avalanches.
Weather News - January 17, 2019, 3:34:44 PM EST
A much-needed break from the storms touting inches of rain and feet of snow will begin in some areas on Friday and expand to much of the Pacific coast by next week.
Weather News - January 17, 2019, 12:35:03 PM EST
A total lunar eclipse will be seen across the entirety of South America on Sunday night, marking the final such occurrence of this decade.
Weather News - January 17, 2019, 3:32:57 PM EST
As a storm with snow and ice strengthens, gusty winds and plummeting temperatures will lead to blizzard conditions in some areas of the Midwest this weekend.
Weather News - January 17, 2019, 11:13:34 AM EST
Residents of the Philippines are being put on alert for the dangers of flash flooding and mudslides as a budding tropical depression approaches.
Weather News - January 17, 2019, 10:59:30 AM EST
A dangerous heat wave will continue its grip on New South Wales on Friday before relief arrives this weekend.
With the AFC and NFC championship games set for this Sunday, here are the six unforgettable NFL playoff games in which Mother Nature took the field.