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Commuter chaos in northern Germany in aftermath of storm

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  • An uprooted tree crashed into the entrance of a subway station photographed in Berlin, Friday Oct. 6, 2017. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. In Berlin, where winds reached up to 120 kph (75 mph), flights were temporarily grounded at the city's two airports and much of the public transportation system was shut down.  (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)

    An uprooted tree crashed into the entrance of a subway station photographed in Berlin, Friday Oct. 6, 2017. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. In Berlin, where winds reached up to 120 kph (75 mph), flights were temporarily grounded at the city's two airports and much of the public transportation system was shut down. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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  • In this Oct. 5, 2017 photo firefighters remove uprooted trees in Hannover, Germany. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany.  (Silas Stein/dpa via AP)

    In this Oct. 5, 2017 photo firefighters remove uprooted trees in Hannover, Germany. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. (Silas Stein/dpa via AP)
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  • In this Oct. 5, 2017 photo firefighters stand near the wreckage  of a truck after an uprooted  tree crashed on the vehicle during a storm near  Neu Karstaedt, eastern Germany. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany.   (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

    In this Oct. 5, 2017 photo firefighters stand near the wreckage of a truck after an uprooted tree crashed on the vehicle during a storm near Neu Karstaedt, eastern Germany. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
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  • In this Oct. 5, 2017 photo 'Hotelzug' is written on a display board, referring to a train in which passengers can wait after the cancellation of the entire railway traffic at the central station in Hamburg, Germany. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. In Berlin, where winds reached up to 120 kph (75 mph), flights were temporarily grounded at the city's two airports and much of the public transportation system was shut down.  (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP)

    In this Oct. 5, 2017 photo 'Hotelzug' is written on a display board, referring to a train in which passengers can wait after the cancellation of the entire railway traffic at the central station in Hamburg, Germany. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. In Berlin, where winds reached up to 120 kph (75 mph), flights were temporarily grounded at the city's two airports and much of the public transportation system was shut down. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP)
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  • Remains of uprooted trees seen at Kurfuerstendamm boulevard  in Berlin, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. In Berlin, where winds reached up to 120 kph (75 mph), flights were temporarily grounded at the city's two airports and much of the public transportation system was shut down. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)

    Remains of uprooted trees seen at Kurfuerstendamm boulevard in Berlin, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. In Berlin, where winds reached up to 120 kph (75 mph), flights were temporarily grounded at the city's two airports and much of the public transportation system was shut down. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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  • Passengers queue in the main train station in Berlin, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. Train connections in several northern states were shut down, including links to and from Berlin, because of the danger from branches over the tracks. Germany rail company Deutsche Bahn opened stationary trains to travelers left stranded by cancellations. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)

    Passengers queue in the main train station in Berlin, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. Train connections in several northern states were shut down, including links to and from Berlin, because of the danger from branches over the tracks. Germany rail company Deutsche Bahn opened stationary trains to travelers left stranded by cancellations. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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  • Passengers crowd in the main train station in Berlin, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. Train connections in several northern states were shut down, including links to and from Berlin, because of the danger from branches over the tracks. Germany rail company Deutsche Bahn opened stationary trains to travelers left stranded by cancellations. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)

    Passengers crowd in the main train station in Berlin, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Seven people died Thursday as high winds knocked over trees and caused widespread travel chaos in northern Germany. Train connections in several northern states were shut down, including links to and from Berlin, because of the danger from branches over the tracks. Germany rail company Deutsche Bahn opened stationary trains to travelers left stranded by cancellations. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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BERLIN -- Scores of train and subway lines in northern Germany are still out of service after high winds knocked trees and branches onto tracks.

Crews were working Friday to clear debris after overnight wind storm that killed at least seven people.

Berlin's main zoo scrambled to get its animals into shelter as the storm approached, but wasn't able to corral 80 flamingoes into their stalls in time. It said Friday that 18 of the birds were killed by falling branches.

In the capital, parts of the subway system were still shut down and many railway routes, like from Berlin to Hamburg, remained impassable.

In the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, some 35,000 people lost power overnight and by Friday morning some 10,000 people were still waiting for it to be restored.

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