Storm Xavier kills 9, shuts down transportation and power as it wreaks havoc in Poland and Germany

At least nine people were killed – 7 in Germany and 2 in Poland – after Storm Xavier brought 75-mph winds to Germany and Poland.

Officials say the storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of households in Poland after falling trees brought down power lines.

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Storm Xavier in Germany and Poland on October 5 2017. via VK

A strong low-pressure system moved through Germany and Poland on Thursday with strong winds and heavy rainfall.

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Storm Xavier in Germany and Poland on October 5 2017. via VK

The resulting storm, bearing hurricane-strength gusts of wind, knocked down trees and killed at least nine.

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Storm Xavier in Germany and Poland on October 5 2017. via VK

Gusts of up to 75 mph were reported in Berlin. Consequently, many flights were cancelled at the city’s two airports. Here what happened in Düsseldorf:

Public transportation was also temporarily shut down in Berlin:

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Storm Xavier kills 9, shuts down public transportation and creates huge power outages in Germany and Poland on October 5 2017. via Twitter

In Wilhelmshaven, a 1,102-pound crane was toppled by the high winds:

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Storm Xavier consequences in Germany. via VK

This low pressure system is continuing its destructie path through Russia into Saturday.

At the height of Storm Xavier, a high-speed train was evacuated at the border of the Netherlands and Germany. The 400 passengers aboard the train were transported to a nearby gymnasium.

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Storm Xavier in Germany and Poland on October 5 2017. via VK

More than 2,100 emergency calls were received by the Berlin Fire Brigade as a result of Storm Xavier.

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