Dramatic footage has captured people being literally blown across streets in the Netherlands.
The winds are so strong that one man was blown metres across a square near the High Court of the Dutch town of S’Hertogenbosch.
When he eventually managed to stop, shocked passers-by rushed to his side to help him.
With wind speeds of up to 86mph in the country, Dutch authorities have warned people to remain indoors and not to attempt to venture out into the storm.
It’s believed that falling trees have so far killed two Dutch men, a driver in Belgium and a man in a campsite on the Dutch-German border.
Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s busiest travel hubs, was also forced to cancel all flights at one point.
Police spokeswoman Jose Albers told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that the authorities were also investigating whether the powerful winds were to blame for the death of a 66-year-old man who fell through a plexiglass roof in Vuren.
The Dutch rail service NS also halted all trains after reporting numerous incidents, including a collision between a train and a trampoline.
Thalys, the country’s high-speed rail service, also suspended services to the Netherlands and Germany until 1pm on Thursday.
One Thalys train headed to the Netherlands from Brussels was stopped at Antwerp. All passengers were told to disembark and wait for at least two hours, according to an AFP reporter who was on board.
NS said it was grappling with a ‘large number of breakdowns’ which meant even after the storm it could take some time for normal service to be restored.