At least 6 people died because of the hurricane "Hervert" in Europe

Powerful storms have wreaked havoc in parts of central and northern Europe, killing at least five people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

In the Czech Republic, falling trees killed a woman in a forest near the central city of Trebic and an elderly man on the street in Jicin northeast of Prague.

Disruption had also been reported on railways and several roads across the Czech Republic.

Rivers in the north reached the highest flood-alert levels.

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In Poland, a driver died after crashing his vehicle into a fallen tree branch near the northwestern city of Szczecin, and another was killed when a branch hit his auto in the western city of Opole.

Two people died in Poland as a result of the heavy winds, including a man who drove his vehicle into a tree that had been knocked down by the storm, fire department spokesman Pawel Fratczak said. Thousands of people were left without electricity. In Austria, the organisers cancelled the men's World Cup season-opening giant slalom at Solden scheduled for Sunday.

Strong winds also caused damage in Slovakia, causing officials to warn families against visiting graves in the lead-up to All Saints' Day out of safety concerns. In Berlin, one man was severely injured by roof tiles falling from a building, another one was injured when hit by scaffolding torn off a home and four more were injured in storm-related incidents across the country. Rescue workers were blocking off nearby roads and attempting to secure a subterranean parking lot which may flood, a fire brigade spokesman said.

German police also raised the nationwide death toll from the storm to three, some three weeks after storm "Xavier" killed seven people in northern and eastern Germany. Germany rail company Deutsche Bahn opened stationary trains to travelers left stranded by cancellations.

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