Cyclone Emma (2008)

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Cyclone Emma
TypeEuropean windstorm, Extratropical cyclone, derecho
FormedFebruary 28, 2008
DissipatedMarch 7, 2008
Lowest pressure959 mb (28.3 inHg)
Highest gust236 km/h (147 mph) Krippenstein, Austria
Areas affectedBelgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic

Cyclone Emma was a severe extratropical cyclone which passed through several mainly Central European countries, 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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