Deutsche Bahn spokesman Achim Stauss told n-tv television that the measure would remain for the rest of the day as a precaution. It is not self-evident that such argument will succeed.
The German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said it had suspended nearly all long-distance rail service due to the storm and significant disruptions were expected again on Friday. Getting traffic completely back to normal will depend on how quickly tracks can be cleared of debris. Groningen Airport is still managing to run all its flights on schedule, with no delays or cancelations reported. Notable damage was also incurred on railway overhead lines and the transport was practically paralyzed in much of the country.
From Amsterdam to Munich, Friederike uproots European life Hold on to your hats - and each other!
Both firefighters were helping with clean-up efforts in Germany when they died.
Terraced houses in Rotterdam were hit by a tree. KLM urged passengers to check online or by phone to confirm the status of their flight. The storm flipped trucks and rail service was suspended.
Some drivers defied warnings and attempted to navigate the snow and winds in Hamburg, Germany's northernmost major city.
In some areas, schools were closed.
Train services have been halted on many lines across Germany and the Netherlands. The obligations of the second category are expressly made subject to various exceptions of liability.
A cyclist in the Netherlands had a pretty tricky ride on Thursday as he struggled to keep moving while battling into a brutal headwind as Storm Friederike battered northern Europe.
The violent gales also claimed a life in Germany as a 59-year-old man was killed by a falling tree in Emmerich. The populous, western state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the northern state of Lower Saxony were among the hardest hit. In Britain, 70mph gusts were recorded, and thousands of homes in south-east England have been left without electricity. In Germany, three additional deaths were confirmed, the AP also reported. One woman was also killed in Belgium, according to Belgian media.
Various domestic flights between Munich and Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne were canceled, and Dutch authorities temporarily canceled all flights in and out of Amsterdam as wind gust reached up to 140 kmh.