Storm low over Germany: hurricanes, hurricane gusts and storm surge

Status: 10/21/2021 8:04 p.m.

The storm lows “Ignatz” and “Hendrik” wreaked havoc: Rail traffic is restricted in many federal states, and a hurricane caused severe damage. Germany’s neighboring countries are also affected.

The storm over Germany has led to severe restrictions in rail traffic. In Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, the train service of the DB Regio is suspended until further notice, announced the Deutsche Bahn. In contrast, long-distance traffic continues under difficult conditions. In the afternoon the trains started rolling again. “It will take some time until the traffic has normalized. But we are driving again,” said a rail spokesman.

Delays and train cancellations are still to be expected across Germany. The Saarland, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria are particularly affected. The train advised to find out more before starting your journey. If you want to postpone your trip planned for today, you can flexibly use long-distance tickets that have already been booked up to a week after the end of the disruption.

Long-distance traffic in NRW starts again

Long-distance traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia was temporarily completely suspended. Only after more than three hours did express trains start rolling again on the important routes from Hamburg or Berlin in the afternoon. The clean-up work on the Düsseldorf-Cologne route continued, and the ICE route to Wuppertal was not yet passable, said a rail spokesman. The storm had blown branches and trees onto rails or overhead lines since the night.

Considerable damage from the first autumn storm over Germany

Svea Eckert, NDR, daily news 8:00 p.m., October 21, 2021

Cyclone leaves “path of devastation”

A cyclone caused severe damage in Schwentinental near Kiel. Fire department chief Kai Lässig reported that he had seen the trunk of the cyclone himself. The storm left a “path of devastation” about 100 meters wide.

Whether the German Weather Service (DWD) classifies the storm as a tornado will be checked when reports are received, said a spokesman. Lässig continued to report that several houses were badly damaged. Trees fell and cars were buried under them. According to his information, there were no injuries.

The storm also blew trees in other places in Schleswig-Holstein. According to the DWD, Schleswig-Holstein was one of the federal states with the lowest wind speeds in Germany. The strongest gust was measured in Travemünde at 89 kilometers per hour.

Fallen trees cause numerous missions

In many places the fire brigades moved out because of fallen trees, fallen branches and parts of roofs. In Völkersbach in Baden-Württemberg, a tree fell on the edge of the forest on a 64-year-old and seriously injured him, as the police reported. In the Bad Godesberg district of Bonn, a freight train collided with a fallen branch on the track during the night. In Düsseldorf, the fire brigade usually moved out because of loose branches, fallen trees or barriers at construction sites.

The Berlin fire brigade declared a “state of emergency weather”. There have been dozen weather-related missions since the morning. In Hamburg, two trees about 15 meters high fell on a car and a four-story apartment building. Nobody was injured. The storm also caused damage in Bavaria. The police reported dozens of missions. Sometimes there were also power outages. Energy providers from other federal states also reported power outages due to damaged lines.

Passenger ship collides with bridge piers

The power went out in the morning in several places in the Palatinate and Koblenz. On the Moselle near Koblenz, a passenger ship was pressed against a bridge pillar by a strong gust and damaged. The bridge was also affected, as the police in the Rhineland-Palatinate city announced. The ship was able to continue, however, nothing was reported of injuries.

In Thuringia, numerous facilities such as the Erfurt Zoo and the Suhl Zoo have been closed. Municipal cemeteries in Erfurt were also closed, so that planned burials and funeral services were canceled. In the Harz mountains fell over numerous trees and blocked some roads, as the national park and the police announced.

Jens Klemp, NDR, Brocken / Saxony-Anhalt, “The fire brigade is in constant use”

daily news 12:00 p.m., October 21, 2021

Thomas Ranft, HR, on the first damage caused by the “Ignatz” storm

tagesschau24 9:00 a.m., 21.10.2021

Hamburg fish market under water

The storm surge flooded the fish market in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district in the early evening. The water level was 1.70 meters above the mean flood, as a spokeswoman for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) said. Numerous onlookers were at the harbor to see the flood. Further storm surges on Friday cannot be ruled out.

Puddles of water stand on the pavement of the Hamburg fish market.

Image: dpa

According to the DWD, stormy gusts will sweep through the north on Friday, showers and thunderstorms are also possible, while the weather otherwise calms down. In the south, in a wide strip from the Black Forest to Eastern Bavaria, it gets longer sunny, but with highs between 8 and 13 degrees it is cooler than on the previous days. On the coasts and in some high areas, heavy gusts of wind must still be expected.

At least two people injured in the Czech Republic

Germany’s neighboring countries were also hit by storms. In the Czech Republic, a violent storm caused property damage and traffic obstructions. The fire brigades went out on hundreds of missions to clear fallen trees from streets and cars. At least two car occupants were trapped and seriously injured. Roofs were torn from houses. More than 60,000 households were temporarily without electricity due to damaged overhead lines.

There were significant delays and cancellations in rail traffic across the country. Several trains drove into uprooted trees, including an express train from Prague towards Munich. No casualties were reported in these accidents.

Dead in Poland, severe damage in the Netherlands

In Poland, the weather authorities issued a storm warning for almost all regions of the country. The Lower Silesia region was particularly hard hit. The fire department said a tree fell on a car in Wroclaw. Two inmates were killed. In addition, a person came off the road in a minibus because of the storm and had an accident. A construction worker reportedly died when a wall collapsed on a construction site.

Squalls caused severe damage in the Netherlands. At least four people were slightly injured by falling roof tiles and uprooted trees, the authorities said. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol reported that flights had to be canceled. Passengers would have to expect long delays. Train traffic was also affected by the storm.

At a campsite in Zelhem in the east of the country near the German border, trees had fallen on caravans and holiday homes. People were not injured, as a campsite employee said on the radio. During the night there was also damage to a residential area in Barendrecht near Rotterdam. Sheds had collapsed and roof tiles had fallen. Three people were slightly injured.

250,000 households in France without electricity

In northern France, a storm caused disruption to traffic and electricity. About 250,000 households are without electricity, wrote network operator Enedis on Twitter. In Normandy alone, 80,000 households were affected. In the north and northwest of the country there were sometimes massive train cancellations.

Traffic was also restricted in the region around Paris. According to Météo France, the gusts of wind had moved across the country at up to 175 kilometers per hour. In the morning, the orange warning level still applied to three departments in the northeast.

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