A pedestrian walks in the wind in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 5, 2013. Strong hurricane Xaver reached north Germany at noon on Thursday, cutting off some islands from the mainland, forcing flights and ferries to cancel. (Xinhua/Zhang Fan)
Hurricane Xaver blasts through northern Germany
BERLIN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Hurricane Xaver howled through Germany's north coastal region on late Thursday at a speed of around 140 km/h, disrupting road, railway and air and ferry traffic.
The weather service has issued an extreme weather warning for the northern German states and the authorities advised residents to stay indoors. Full story