At least five people were killed on Thursday after a powerful storm lashed northwest Europe, damaging property and throwing public transport into chaos. Shocking footage shows people being knocked down and dragged around by extremely powerful winds sweep across the Netherlands.
The deadly storm grounded transport and took rooftops to the air across northern Europe. Police in the Netherlands said three people were killed by falling trees or debris in separate incidents, while a 59-year-old man died in Germany.
Footage from the southern city of Den Bosch, showed people being blown across the ground as the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute issues a Code Red weather warning for large tracts of the country, with winds reaching up to 140kph in some places.
Earlier, stacks of shipping containers in the port city of Rotterdam were filmed collapsing under the barrage while strong gusts ripped the roofs off houses.
— RichardHoogeveen.nl (@RichardMaasdijk) January 18, 2018
Shipping containers blown over in #Nederland this morning as a severe #windstorm counties to affect the country. Video; @cosmompolitanbe #extremeweather #severeweather #storm pic.twitter.com/86X2zXS61e
— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) January 18, 2018
Footage shared on social media also appeared to show a portable toilet taking on a whole different meaning during the storm.
— Ruurd :)🇳🇱 (@ruurdp1) January 18, 2018
Water authorities in the low-lying Netherlands also were closely monitoring the storm and preparing to close locks and storm barriers if necessary because of high-water levels.