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Europe cleans up after lethal Eunice


Western Europeans are cleaning up after a deadly storm killed 12 people and caused extensive and expensive damage.


At least 12 people were killed, many by falling trees, in Ireland, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. 


Crews cleared fallen trees and worked to restore power to about 400,000 people in Britain as Western Europe cleaned up after the Storm named Eunice by the British and Irish weather services, and Zeynep in Germany.


Friday's winds toppled the spire of a church in Wells, southwest England, ripped off parts of the domed roof of London's O2 Arena and left a trail of felled trees and damaged buildings across several countries.


A gust of 196 kilometre an hour was provisionally recorded on Friday on the Isle of Wight. If confirmed, it would be the highest ever in England. Hurricane-force winds begin at 119 km/h.


The Met Office weather service said more strong winds would hit the southern coasts of England and Wales on Saturday, with the potential for further damage, while snow and ice could cause disruption further north.


The UKs National Rail association said "routes across most of Great Britain" remained affected by the weather on Saturday morning, with disruptions to continue throughout the day.


Transport in Germany also remained severely disrupted, with railway operator Deutsche Bahn saying no long-distance trains would operate north of Dortmund, Hannover and Berlin until the evening.


The storm left at least three people dead in Germany, including a man who fell as he was trying to repair a damaged roof and a driver whose car crashed into a tree that had fallen across a road.


In the northwestern city of Bremen, a 55-metre crane fell onto an unfinished office building.


Germany's highest traditional windmill, the Klettbach windmill, broke in the early hours of Saturday morning.


"The mill is our landmark. This situation has made us a bit speechless," Mayor Franziska Hildebrandt said. The mill stood at a height of 438 metres above sea level.


A clean-up also was underway in the Netherlands, where four people died as Eunice tore across the country on Friday.


Train services, halted during the storm, remained disrupted with the company responsible for rail infrastructure saying that it was working hard to repair "extensive" damage to tracks and overhead power lines.


Engineers were expected to assess damage to the roof of a stadium in The Hague where professional soccer team ADO The Hague plays its home matches after parts of the structure were blown loose.


Across the country, teams were shifting fallen trees and beginning to repair roofs damaged by the storm.