Cyclone Emma (2008)

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Windstorm Emma.png
Surface weather analysis showing Emma
Type European windstorm, Extratropical cyclone, derecho
Formed February 28, 2008
Dissipated March 7, 2008
Lowest pressure 959 mb (28.3 inHg)
Highest gust 236 km/h (147 mph) Krippenstein, Austria
Total fatalities 15[1]
Areas affected Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic

Emma was a severe extratropical cyclone which passed through several mainly Central European countries, most devastatingly on Saturday March 1, 2008, killing at least twelve people in Austria, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.[2] Wind speeds reached up to 166 km/h (103 mph) in Austria, and up to 180 km/h (112 mph) elsewhere.[3] Major infrastructure disruptions and some injuries were also reported in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.[4]

The front car of an ICE T has been hit by a falling tree near Brühl and was severely damaged.

A Lufthansa jet almost crashed attempting to land in crosswinds at Hamburg.[5]

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  1. ^ "Windstorm Emma" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hurricane Emma kills nine in central Europe". EuroNews. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  3. ^ Heinrich, Mark (2008-03-01). "High winds kill eight and cut power in central Europe". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Violent storms kill eight, disrupt transport in Europe". Agence France Presse. 2008-03-01. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  5. ^ "German jet almost crashes (1:30)". Reuters. 

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