Winter storm blasts Europe; 12 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

Published 01-08-2019

0 Ratings

BERLIN (AP) - Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight delays and cancellations and raising the risks of more deadly avalanches in the mountains.

At least 12 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in Europe over the last week, most of them from avalanches.

In Norway, attempts to find the bodies of four skiers were again put on hold due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall. A 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36, were presumed dead after a 300-meter (990-foot) wide avalanche hit a valley near the northern city of Tromsoe last week.

In Austria, hundreds of residents were stuck in their homes due to blocked roads and some regions experienced power outages after snow-laden trees took down power lines.

Schools in some Austrian regions remained closed for a second day and homeowners were advised to remove snow from their roofs after several buildings collapsed. A 78-year-old man was severely injured when he fell of the roof of his home in Turrach while shoveling snow, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported.

On Monday night, 11 German hikers had to be rescued by mountaineers from a cabin near Salzburg, after having been snowed in without electricity and little food since Friday. Other people have also killed by avalanches in Switzerland, Austria and Germany and authorities warned that continuing snowfall is increasing the already high risk of more avalanches.

In southern and eastern Germany, people were bracing for more snow, while in the northern coastal city of Hamburg, residents were preparing for a storm flood caused by a winter gale, the German news agency dpa reported.

In the Netherlands, Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport warned of delays and cancellations Tuesday. Dutch carrier KLM canceled 159 flights to and from European destinations.

Low-lying northwestern coastal regions in the Netherlands were being hit by strong winds and wild seas, and local water authorities were checking dikes to make sure they were not damaged.

The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dikes because of debris floating in the sea after 281 shipping containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week. Many of the containers are still at sea and some have broken open, spilling their contents.

"A

In southern and eastern Germany, people were bracing for more snow, while in the northern coastal city of Hamburg, residents were preparing for a storm flood caused by a winter gale, the German news agency dpa reported.

In the Netherlands, Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport warned of delays and cancellations Tuesday. Dutch carrier KLM canceled 159 flights to and from European destinations.

Low-lying northwestern coastal regions in the Netherlands were being hit by strong winds and wild seas, and local water authorities were checking dikes to make sure they were not damaged.

The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dikes because of debris floating in the sea after 281 shipping containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week. Many of the containers are still at sea and some have broken open, spilling their contents.

"A fridge or container that is rammed against a dike can cause damage," the authority said.

Heavy snowfall and strong winds were reported Tuesday over central Scandinavia, hampering efforts to restore electricity that had gone out after a hefty storm swept through northern Europe on Jan. 2.

Further south, heavy snowfall also disrupted traffic across Slovakia, leading to some flight cancelations at Bratislava's international airport.

In Greece, schools in Athens and many surrounding areas remained closed after snowfall blanketed the capital and temperatures in some parts of the Mediterranean nation plunged well below freezing. Some rural mountain roads were closed.

Dozens of refugees housed in tents in a camp in northern Greece have protested living conditions as temperatures sunk to minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. Even many of Greece's islands have seen snowfall.

___

Mike Corder contributed reporting from The Hague, Netherlands; Jan M. Olsen reported from Copenhagen, Denmark; Karel Janicek from Prague,

Low-lying northwestern coastal regions in the Netherlands were being hit by strong winds and wild seas, and local water authorities were checking dikes to make sure they were not damaged.

The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dikes because of debris floating in the sea after 281 shipping containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week. Many of the containers are still at sea and some have broken open, spilling their contents.

"A fridge or container that is rammed against a dike can cause damage," the authority said.

Heavy snowfall and strong winds were reported Tuesday over central Scandinavia, hampering efforts to restore electricity that had gone out after a hefty storm swept through northern Europe on Jan. 2.

Further south, heavy snowfall also disrupted traffic across Slovakia, leading to some flight cancelations at Bratislava's international airport.

In Greece, schools in Athens and many surrounding areas remained closed after snowfall blanketed the capital and temperatures in some parts of the Mediterranean nation plunged well below freezing. Some rural mountain roads were closed.

Dozens of refugees housed in tents in a camp in northern Greece have protested living conditions as temperatures sunk to minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. Even many of Greece's islands have seen snowfall.

___

Mike Corder contributed reporting from The Hague, Netherlands; Jan M. Olsen reported from Copenhagen, Denmark; Karel Janicek from Prague, Czech Republic; and Elena Becatoros from Athens, Greece.

No comments found. Sign up or Login to rate and review content.

Horses stand in the snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday. Jan. 7, 2019, after large parts of southern Germany and Austria were hit by heavy snowfall. (Angelika Warmuth/dpa via AP) - The Associated Press


A snow plow cleans the road from snow in Hofsgrund, southern Germany, Tuesday, Jan.8, 2019. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP) - The Associated Press


Truck drivers help each other after being trapped by heavy snowfall on the Autobahn A8 near Holzkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP) - The Associated Press


The sun rises between clouds over the banking district of Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) - The Associated Press


The sun rises between clouds over the banking district of Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) - The Associated Press


A Greek Orthodox priest walks at a snow-covered road at Penteli Monastery in northern Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Schools will remain closed across many parts of the country as a new cold weather front brings freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) - The Associated Press


People enjoy the snow at a park in northern Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Schools will remain closed across many parts of the country as a new cold weather front brings freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) - The Associated Press


A man walks at Filopappos hill as at the background is seen the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500BC Parthenon temple, after a snowfall in Athens , on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) - The Associated Press


A Greek Orthodox monk walks at Penteli Monastery after a snowfall in northern Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Schools will remain closed across many parts of the country as a new cold weather front brings freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) - The Associated Press


A worker clears the snow-covered entrance of Penteli Monastery in northern Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Schools will remain closed across many parts of the country as a new cold weather front brings freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) - The Associated Press


A man jogs at a snow covered park in northern Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Schools will remain closed across many parts of the country as a new cold weather front brings freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) - The Associated Press


Snow covers a tree in front of the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500BC Parthenon temple, after snow fell in Athens, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) - The Associated Press


A tourist poses for a picture at Filopappos hill as at the background is seen the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500BC Parthenon temple, after snowfall in Athens, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) - The Associated Press


A woman pushes a pram across the street during heavy snowfall in Bratislava, Slovakia, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Cold weather has engulfed many parts of Europe Tuesday. (Pavol Zachar/TASR via AP) - The Associated Press


Snowplow clears a road covered by the snow during heavy snowfall in Bratislava, Slovakia, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Cold weather has engulfed many parts of Europe Tuesday. (Jaroslav Novak/TASR via AP) - The Associated Press


Parked cars are covered by the snow during heavy snowfall in Bratislava, Slovakia, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Cold weather has engulfed many parts of Europe Tuesday. (Pavol Zachar/TASR via AP) - The Associated Press