Even on Sunday, the danger has not yet been banned everywhere. A storm surge warning from the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency applies to the Baltic Sea coast around Rügen until the evening. The water level there should then be 1.20 meters higher than the mean water level. In Wismar, streets near the port were flooded. Elsewhere on the Baltic coast, too, the water levels rose by around a meter higher than normal – for example in Warnemünde, in Greifswald, in Koserow on Usedom and Sassnitz on Rügen. Nothing was initially known about the damage.
A maximum water level of 1.20 meters above sea level is expected for Lübeck city center and Travemünde from around 9:30 p.m. The danger prevention authority therefore asked residents to avoid the affected area and not to drive through flooded streets.
Lots of accidents and falling trees
“Nadia” had already caused considerable damage throughout the north on Saturday and Sunday night. In the Oldenburg area (Lower Saxony) alone, the police counted a total of 19 accidents, three people were slightly injured. In total, the officials recorded around 100 operations because of the storm. In Bunnen (Cloppenburg district), a 19-year-old overlooked a fallen tree. She drove into it and was slightly injured. In the districts of Hildesheim and Goslar, trees fell directly in front of two cars. A 64-year-old and a 27-year-old were unable to brake in time, but were uninjured, according to the police. In the Rotenburg (Wümme) district, a tree fell on a train – no one was injured here either.
Storm surge washes tons of sand into the sea
The beach on the East Frisian island of Langeoog was damaged by the storm surge. A lot of sand was washed away again, according to Mayor Heike Horn. But there is no danger for the island. Only two years ago, the beach there was washed up for several hundred thousand euros. Large parts of the beach were also torn away on Wangerooge. According to the emergency services, the dike and dike gates held up in Wilhelmshaven. Only one path in front of the dike was completely flooded, it said.
Train: Massive problems in regional and long-distance traffic
According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the storm field itself has been slowly receding since Sunday morning. The DWD therefore lifted its severe weather warning for northern Germany in the late morning. On Saturday evening and Sunday night, however, “Nadia” caused problems almost everywhere in the north. Among other things, in rail traffic: Deutsche Bahn temporarily stopped long-distance traffic in northern Germany on Saturday evening. According to Bahn, the situation has gradually returned to normal since Sunday morning, but there can still be occasional disruptions in regional and long-distance traffic. the Bahn provides information on its website about the current status.
Hamburg: 750 storm operations and storm surge on the Elbe
In Hamburg, the police counted around 300 storm operations by early Sunday morning, and the fire brigade even 450. According to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), there was a severe storm surge in the Elbe area of Hamburg during the night. The fish market in St. Pauli was flooded. In addition, a dredger became wedged under the Elbe bridges late on Saturday evening. As the Hamburg police announced, several bridges had to be closed as a result of the accident – with the corresponding obstructions for traffic.
Disabled freighter off the East Frisian coast
Another accident occurred in Lower Saxony: around 30 kilometers off the East Frisian coast, an unloaded freighter drifted in the sea for several hours. The machine of the 190-meter-long “Vienna” was too weak to maneuver in storms and heavy seas, according to the emergency command in Cuxhaven. Therefore, among other things, emergency tugs were sent to the distressed vessel. The storm made the operation considerably more difficult: the waves were five to six meters high on Sunday morning. According to a spokesman for the emergency command, the freighter was secured after about six hours. According to him, the ship is now fully manoeuvrable again and has continued its journey. The 24 crew members were not injured. The freighter was not damaged either.
2,000 fire service deployments in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The storm low over the North Sea also brought a lot of work to the fire brigade and police in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In Schwerin and the surrounding area, almost 200 operations were deployed, said a fire department spokesman. In Stralsund, too, the situation center reported that they had their hands full. In the municipality of Feldberger Seenlandschaft, a 16-year-old motorcyclist crashed his vehicle into a fallen tree and was seriously injured. Up to 12,000 households in West Mecklenburg were temporarily without electricity due to fallen power poles.
Schleswig-Holstein: 1,000 operations and 127 km/h wind speed
The highest wind speed in The meteorologists measured Schleswig-Holstein on Hallig Hooge (Nordfriesland district): There “Nadia” reached up to 127 kilometers per hour, according to the DWD. The fire brigades had to be deployed around 1,000 times across the country. Most operations were recorded in the south: the Bad Oldesloe control center alone reported almost 400 storm-related operations by Sunday morning.