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One killed as storm batters Netherlands
October 28, 2013 , 4 : 29 pm GST
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People look from a bridge at a tree which fell into the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam, October 28, 2013. Photo - Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares
A tree felled by heavy winds killed a woman in Amsterdam on Monday, police said, advising people to stay indoors as fierce storms battered England, France and the Netherlands.
"A woman has been killed, we don't know how old she was," Amsterdam police spokesman Nabil Ou-aissa told AFP.
"She was walking on the Herengracht (central canal) when a tree fell. A man who was with her has been taken to hospital," Ou-aissa said.
Another person was seriously injured when a tree fell on their car in Amsterdam, national news agency ANP reported, after initially saying the person had died.
The Dutch national weather authority KNMI issued a red weather alert for the west, middle and north of the country until at least "the middle of the afternoon" on Monday, with winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour (80 miles per hour) expected on the coast.
All trains to and from Amsterdam Central station have been stopped because of the extreme weather, national rail operator NS said.
Trains running to and from Schiphol international airport outside Amsterdam have also been halted.
At the airport itself, the fourth busiest on the continent with 120,000 to 140,000 passengers passing daily, many European flights have been delayed or cancelled.
Amsterdam trams have also been stopped, the Dutch capital's public transport operator GVB said, with many trees felled.
"Don't go out unless you have to," Ou-aissa said. "Trees are falling, objects are flying around, a bit of everything."
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