Storm Coverage: Impact and Recovery in Northern Germany – News and Updates

2024-01-25 15:03:56

As of: January 25, 2024 1:32 p.m

Storm lows passed over northern Germany on Wednesday. Fallen trees hindered road and rail traffic. On Thursday the situation calmed down and the influence of high pressure became widespread.

Despite the storm, things remained comparatively quiet in the north on Thursday night, as the police and fire brigade situation centers reported. There were no more missions than usual. Early in the morning, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in Hamburg lifted the storm surge warning for the North Sea coast. There were no major impacts.

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Wind speeds around 110 kilometers per hour

The storm swept across the coast and exposed areas on Wednesday with hurricane-force gusts of force 11 and wind speeds of around 110 kilometers per hour. According to the DWD, gusts of wind force 8 and 9 were widely measured inland, and in the vicinity of the shower there were also some heavy gusts of force 10 of around 100 kilometers per hour. On the coast, ferry traffic to and from the islands of Spiekeroog, Langeoog and Wangerooge was suspended due to the storm on Wednesday set.

Trees fall onto rails and overhead lines

On Wednesday, the storm in Lower Saxony also affected rail traffic. A tree fell on the rails near Elze on the railway line between Göttingen and Hanover. As a result, connections of the railway company Metronom, which was not affected by the rail strike, were canceled. In addition, due to the storm, metronome trains were running at reduced speeds on all routes, causing delays. Due to a closed route near Bad Pyrmont, there were also train cancellations on the Hanover S-Bahn. There was also damage to a power cable near Harsum, so an emergency bus service was used on the S-Bahn route to Hildesheim. In Hanover, light rail service on line 4 was paralyzed by a tree that fell on the overhead line. In Hamburg there was an accident on subway line 1 due to a fallen tree.

Tree falls on residential building in Aurich district

The storm led to a collision between two trucks on the road in Lower Saxony near Sulingen (Diepholz district). Both drivers remained uninjured. In several districts in the northwest, trees fell on streets and roofs, such as in the East Frisian municipality of Ihlow (Aurich district), where a tree fell on a residential building. In Oldenburg, the control center reported 70 missions by early afternoon. The storm also covered roofs in Braunschweig and the Helmstedt district.

Several missions due to the storm in Schleswig-Holstein

In Schleswig-Holstein, the fire brigade had to go on significantly more missions than usual, but according to the control centers in the state, the number was limited. In Itzehoe (Steinburg district), a large branch fell on a car on Wednesday morning and, according to initial information from the control center, the driver was slightly injured. In the morning, the A21 in Bad Oldesloe had to be closed in the southbound direction after a tree fell on the road due to strong winds. Between Ahrensburg and Bargteheide (Stormarn district) there was a closure of the RB81 train route in the direction of Bad Oldesloe. According to information from the railway, the reason was branches in the overhead line and in the track bed. In Neumünster, the storm blew roof tiles and roof parts onto the B430.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was largely spared

It was stormy in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania until Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday, however, according to initial findings, there was only minor damage. Police spokespeople in the northeast said things remained calm. In the community of Schildetal (Northwest Mecklenburg district), a driver was slightly injured in an accident. The 61-year-old was no longer able to avoid a tree that suddenly fell on the road in his car, the police said. A man had to be rescued by emergency services on and around the Müritz after his motorboat capsized in the stormy weather. According to the spokesman for the Mecklenburg Lake District, the man was not injured.

Thaw and rain: river levels are rising

The levels of many rivers also rose during the storm. The reason: The thaw was accompanied by rain. At the same time, the soil is still so wet that it can hardly absorb water, said the flood forecast center of the Lower Saxony State Office for Water Management, Coastal Protection and Nature Conservation. The melting snow in the Harz is affecting the river areas of the Aller, Leine and Oker.

Friday a bit stormy again at sea

According to the DWD, the north will be under the influence of high pressure on Thursday. On Friday it will be a bit stormy again, especially on the North Sea in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. In Schleswig-Holstein, DWD meteorologists expect gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour. Moderate westerly winds, sometimes with gusts of wind, are forecast for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Saturday it should be clear and dry in many places in the north, but rather cloudy in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Further information

Parts of Lower Saxony were flooded for weeks. Communities, people and agriculture were affected. A review. (01/23/2024) more

On Monday a tree fell on the overhead line. The route was closed to long-distance traffic and trains were rerouted. (January 23, 2024) more

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