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Emma (windstorm)

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. Wind speeds reached up to 166 km/h (103 mph) in Austria, and up to 180 km/h (112 mph) elsewhere. Major infrastructure disruptions and some injuries were also reported in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.. Many trees were also bought down in SW British Isles as it passed over with winds at about 100mph, affecting counties in Ireland, Wales and S.Western England.

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

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