Germany hit by powerful storm

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13 January 2004 , STUTTGART - A strong storm blasting late Monday through southwestern Germany brought traffic to a standstill on many streets, highways and railroads. Despite the widespread traffic obstructions, there were no immediate reports of serious property damage in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Top winds approached 170 kilometres per hour in higher elevations of the Black Forest region. The Meteomedia weather service forecast several hours of heavy rain in the region and issued a flash-f

13 January 2004

STUTTGART - A strong storm blasting late Monday through southwestern Germany brought traffic to a standstill on many streets, highways and railroads.

Despite the widespread traffic obstructions, there were no immediate reports of serious property damage in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Top winds approached 170 kilometres per hour in higher elevations of the Black Forest region.

The Meteomedia weather service forecast several hours of heavy rain in the region and issued a flash-flood warning. Rivers including the Rhein and Neckar are expected to rise by at least 1 metre on Tuesday.

Several autobahn links were blocked between cities including Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Heidelberg and Mannheim. German railroad officials said that at least 50 kilometres of lines were closed to train traffic, creating long waits for travellers.

Stuttgart's airport remained open and was able to maintain normal operations.

                                                      

DPA

Subject: German news

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