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Heavy winds sweep across Germany, causing major disruption to transport

  • A woman struggles against a gust of wind in Frankfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Wide parts of Germany were hit by storm "Niklas". (AP Photo/dpa, Boris Roessler)

    A woman struggles against a gust of wind in Frankfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Wide parts of Germany were hit by storm "Niklas". (AP Photo/dpa, Boris Roessler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Waves batter against a lighthouse during stormy weather at the entrance to the port of Scheveningen, near The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. A storm with wind speeds of up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour passed over The Netherlands and Germany. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Waves batter against a lighthouse during stormy weather at the entrance to the port of Scheveningen, near The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. A storm with wind speeds of up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour passed over The Netherlands and Germany. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man watches as the sea batters against a lighthouse during stormy weather at the entrance to the port of Scheveningen, near The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. A storm with wind speeds of up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour passed over The Netherlands and Germany. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    A man watches as the sea batters against a lighthouse during stormy weather at the entrance to the port of Scheveningen, near The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. A storm with wind speeds of up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour passed over The Netherlands and Germany. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

Heavy winds have caused disruption to transport across Germany, prompting the national railway to suspend services in part of the country and forcing flight delays and cancelations.

Railway operator Deutsche Bahn on Tuesday stopped all local trains in North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany's most populous, which includes Cologne and Duesseldorf.

It also halted most long-distance services in Bavaria as falling trees damaged overhead electric wires. Police said part of Munich's central station was evacuated because of storm damage to the roof, news agency dpa reported. Several flights were canceled in Frankfurt and Hamburg.

In the eastern German town of Gross Santersleben, a man was killed when a concrete wall damaged by the storm fell on top of him, police said.