Photo Gallery Killer "Kyrill" Torments Europe

With its hurricane-force winds, the storm German meteorologists dubbed "Kyrill" is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake as it travels across Northern and Central Europe. Twelve have been killed so far, but there have been no estimates of the total damage.
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The storm "Kyrill" hit Germany Thursday causing widespread damage and disruption with wind speeds of up to 191 km/h (118 mph). A satellite picture from Meteosat 8 shows the position of the storm at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning as the center lay over Scotland. Map: Deutscher Wetterdienst

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Waves crash against the lighthouse of the port of IJmuiden in the Netherlands Jan. 18, 2007. Gale-force winds and heavy rains hit the Netherlands.

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Rail services were disrupted all over Germany as a result of the storm. Here a sign in Munich's main train station announces that train services in Bavaria have been suspended.

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Pedestrians use umbrellas to protect themselves against rain and wind in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Heavy winds uprooted trees all over Germany. Here a tree has crashed on a house in Frankfurt.

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Firemen clear away fallen trees in Germany. German meterologists predict wind gusts of up to 140 km/h (86 mph) for Thursday evening.

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A fearless surfer braves the waves off the island Sylt off Germany's Baltic coast. Storm tides of up to 3 m (9.8 ft) above normal are expected in the North Sea on Thursday evening.

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The dunes of the German island of Sylt were heavily damaged by the storms.

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Dark clouds obscure the sky over the island of Sylt.

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A sign on the island of Sylt warns visitors to stay away from the cliff edge which has been damaged by a series of recent storms.

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Sylt is bracing itself for more storms and floods. Here rescue workers place sandbags along the coastline.

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Peter Harry Carstensen, governor of Schleswig-Holstein, gives an interview on Sylt on Thursday after inspecting the damage caused by a series of storms over the past weeks.

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A truck travelling on the autobahn in Thuringia was blown over sideways by the wind gusts.

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Rescue workers retrieve a truck which was blown over on the autobahn in Thuringia.

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A wind socks blows heavily as a tow truck transports an airplane to a hangar at Düsseldorf airport.

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A broken umbrella hangs from a garbage bin as bicyclists brave the stormy weather in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Winds gusts of up to 130 km/h (80 mph)are expected to sweep the country later Thursday.

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A large construction crane was blown over by the storm and hit parts of Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Three people were injured.

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Huge waves flood the port of Wimereux in northern France.

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London was also hit by heavy winds. Here pedestrians struggle to cross the Millennium Bridge over the Thames.

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A couple in Brighton watches as waves crash onto the beach near the pier. Gale-force winds and heavy rain have brought disruption to large parts of Britain.

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