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Deadly storm Friederike causes Dutch, German transport chaos

Four people have been killed by falling trees or debris as a fierce storm tears across northern Europe.

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Storm-related accidents killed three people in the Netherlands and one in north-west Germany.

Gusts of up to 140km/h (90mph) caused transport chaos.

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All long-distance train services in Germany, and many regional services, were cancelled for the rest of Thursday. Flights at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam were briefly suspended.

Schiphol, one of the busiest airports in Europe, had to close two of three departure halls after roof plates were blown off the terminal building. 

More than 300 flights were cancelled and the airport said passengers should check their flights status online or contact their airline.

People arriving at Schiphol told reporters they had experienced rough landings with some passengers around them throwing up.

The storm, called Friederike in Germany, is due to cross the country from west to east before reaching Poland overnight.

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