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Man regrets naming storm 'Xynthia'

AFP · 2 Mar 2010, 08:37

Published: 02 Mar 2010 08:37 GMT+01:00

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The storm unleashed gale force winds and torrential rains on western Europe on Sunday, killing more than 60 people and prompting France to declare a national emergency.

"I wanted the name to be used maybe once on the weather forecast and then to fall into oblivion," the 58-year-old German, who did not want to give his name, told AFP, adding that the name held no personal significance for him.

He won the right to name the storm after taking part in a competition organised by the Free University of Berlin's Institute of Meteorology, which has been responsible for naming storms in the western Atlantic for more than 50 years.

The vicious Atlantic storm “Xynthia” ravaged Germany at the weekend, killing at least six, injuring dozens and causing traffic chaos because of uprooted trees.

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In Lower Saxony a 46-year-old man died after colliding with a tree when his car was blown from the roadway, police said.

A 74-year-old German motorist was killed and his wife injured when a tree came crashing down on their car in the Black Forest. Falling trees also killed a woman jogging in the western town of Bergheim and a 69-year-old man walking in a forest west of Frankfurt, police said.

Media reports on Monday also said that a two-year-old boy drowned near Frankfurt after a gust of wind blew him into a river.

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Several motorists were hurt as the deadly tempest made its way through Germany, including at Uckerath, south of Cologne, where two motorists were injured by trees falling onto the road, police said.

In the western city of Karlsruhe, several policemen were slightly injured when a tree fell on their truck outside a stadium during a football match.

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Your comments about this article

09:18 March 2, 2010 by Portnoy
This man is obviously not in advertising. There are only two storms this year anyone will remember, and one of those is his.
11:28 March 2, 2010 by darwiniandemon
I wonder which storm in history has been linked to happiness and prosperity.
12:17 March 2, 2010 by DepotCat
How do you pronounce that name anyway..??
15:24 March 2, 2010 by freechoice
Same as Cynthia

or Synthia
18:49 March 2, 2010 by Mr Goodmorning
I wonder if this storm was formed by the remnants of the nasty littl nor'easter that hit New England and Maritime Canada last week. I walked home in Boston and was almost blown down the street from the 80+ km/h winds and rain. We are used to such storms this time of year and were lucky to only get rain in Boston, but there was quite a bit of snow only a few miles inland. The storm itself moved offshore pretty quickly..
19:38 March 2, 2010 by freechoice
no mother earth has gone crazy!!
01:26 March 26, 2010 by zinzylol
its accually pronounced as zinthia, i would know because thats my name, its kinda weird that im a european stormmm((((:
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