AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Hurricane-force winds and rain lashed northern Europe on Thursday, disrupting air, rail and sea travel for thousands, toppling trees and construction cranes, and killing 11 people, including a 2-year-old boy crushed by a collapsed wall in London.

The wind whisked bicycles and trash cans off the streets of Amsterdam and tossed into its fabled canals. A ship was blasted loose from its moorings near Rotterdam into an oil pipeline.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's plane landed in gusts of up to 80 mph in London for a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair after she cut short a visit to Berlin to avoid the worsening weather.

Traffic on the Eurostar, the train service that runs under the English Channel and connects London and Paris, was suspended for 90 minutes after an electrical cable holder was blown onto the tracks near the city of Lille in northern France, railway officials said.

In an unprecedented move, Germany shut down its long-distance train service "to a large extent" on Thursday night, said Hartmut Mehdorn, the chief executive of national railroad Deutsche Bahn.

"We have never yet had such a situation in Germany," he said.

London's Heathrow Airport, Europe's largest, canceled 123 flights. Other major airports, including Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam and Vienna, reported delays and cancellations.

Ferries were canceled or delayed in Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Finland, and trains were delayed in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

"Our country has not had a storm like this in years," the Netherlands' Royal Weather Service said, comparing it to one in 1990 that killed 17.

A motorcyclist was reported killed near Utrecht after running into a fallen tree, and two people were killed by a falling tree near Arnhem, Dutch media reported.

Six people were injured in Utrecht, Netherlands, when a crane toppled onto a building.

The Dutch traffic ministry urged motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary, and several key routes were closed due to damage or floods. Those who ventured out on bicycles were knocked over by the winds _ or in some cases, pushed backward.

There were six deaths in Britain, including the 2-year-old who was killed by the falling brick wall in London, the Metropolitan Police said. The others included a 54-year-old man in Shropshire who was struck by a falling branch, and four who died in traffic accidents, officials said.

In southwestern Germany, one man was killed on a country road when he crashed into another car while trying to avoid a fallen tree, police in Heidelberg said. Another person was killed by a falling tree in Lille, France, regional authorities said.

The national weather service in Germany dubbed the storm "Cyril," and gusts of up to 118 mph were measured on the Brocken mountain in central Germany.

Coast guard ships and naval helicopters rescued all 26 crewmembers of the British container ship MSC Napoli that was adrift in the English Channel, Britain's Maritime and Coast Guard Agency said. It was unclear if the ship was in danger of sinking amid the 50 mph winds and 30-foot swells.

In Ireland and Latvia, winds kept rescue crews from helping other ships damaged or missing in storms earlier this week. Seven fishermen from Ireland, Poland and Ukraine were missing and presumed dead off Ireland's coast, while Latvian rescuers were unable to try to salvage a Greek-owned cargo ship that ran aground Tuesday off the Baltic port of Ventspils and has been leaking oil.

A ship came loose from its moorings near Rotterdam and smashed an oil pipeline. The stench of oil reached The Hague, 20 miles away, Dutch media said.

Residents along the North Sea coast were warned to expect swells up to 11 1/2 feet higher than normal.

Zoos in Amsterdam and the northern German city of Hanover, among others, were closed for safety.

"The security of our visitors and our animals is our highest priority," Hanover zoo director Klaus-Michael Machens said. In the north of the Netherlands, the world's largest steam-powered mill _ a UNESCO world heritage monument built in the 1920s _ was fired up to pump excess water from low-lying Friesland province.

Authorities in Vienna warned that the storm would hit the Austrian capital Friday night, with winds of up to 90 mph.

Austria's national weather service said storm winds had the potential to reach 105 mph at higher altitudes in the Alps, and officials cautioned skiers and snowboarders to get off the mountains well before nightfall.