Severe weather warning lifted: storm low causes severe damage


Status: 01/30/2022 3:31 p.m

The storm “Nadia” has led to hundreds of emergency services in Germany. A man died in Brandenburg and several people were injured. A total of four fatalities were reported in Northern Europe.

Storm “Nadia” caused several serious accidents in northern and eastern Germany. In Beelitz, Brandenburg a pedestrian was killed. An election poster had been blown over and fallen on him. In Bremen and in the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte district, two people were seriously injured in accidents caused by fallen trees.

The storm reached top speeds of more than 140 kilometers per hour. These values ​​were provided by measuring stations of the German Weather Service from the lighthouses on the Alte Weser (North Sea) and Kiel (Baltic Sea). A gust of 127 km/h was measured on Hallig Hooge (Nordfriesland district). Peak speeds of 119 km/h were measured in List on Sylt, Kap Arkona on Rügen and Glücksburg near Flensburg.

Hundreds of police and fire brigade operations

According to the police, there were hundreds of operations in Hamburg alone. The midday high tide flooded the grounds of the fish market again. Thousands of onlookers were drawn to the Elbe to observe this. The water level at the St. Pauli gauge rose to 2.60 meters above mean high water. Shortly after midnight, the water level was given as 2.84 meters above mean high water. Several cars were damaged by water.

There were also numerous emergency services in Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Berlin.

Entire North Sea coast affected

There were also storm surges in other places. “Not everywhere a severe storm surge like in Hamburg,” said the spokeswoman for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). However, the entire German North Sea coast was affected. In Bremerhaven, for example, the peak value was 2.14 meters above the mean high water level.

In the meantime, the BSH lifted the storm surge warning for the German North Sea coast. On the North Sea coast, one speaks of a storm surge when the flood water is at least 1.5 meters higher than normal. A severe or very severe storm surge is only spoken of from values ​​of 2.5 or 3.5 meters.

The storm surge warning for the Baltic Sea coast, however, continues. Water levels of up to 1.35 meters above the mean water level are expected here from the evening. On the Baltic Sea coast, one speaks of a storm surge at 1.00 to 1.25 meters above the mean water level. In the case of a medium storm surge, the level rises to 1.25 to 1.50 meters above the mean water level. A severe or very severe storm surge is spoken of when values ​​are more than 1.50 or 2.00 meters above mean water level.

Accidents on the North Sea and in Hamburg

There were also two accidents in Hamburg and on the North Sea: a barge got stuck under a bridge in the port of Hamburg. A police spokesman said the ship got stuck when driving through the wheelhouse on the Freihafenelbbrücke and got stuck. According to initial reports, there were no injuries. There were two people on board the ship.

The cause of the accident was initially unclear. It is possible that the captain misjudged the rising water level of the Elbe. The ship was towed free early in the morning, the fire department said.

A ship got stuck when driving through the wheelhouse at the Freihafenelbbrücke in Hamburg and got stuck, said a police spokesman.

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The second incident occurred around 30 kilometers off the East Frisian coast. There, an unloaded freighter drifted in the sea for several hours. The 190-meter-long “Vienna” clearly had problems maneuvering because of the storm, as a spokesman for the emergency command in Cuxhaven announced.

The machine was too weak to hold the ship against wind and waves. Therefore, among other things, emergency tugs were sent to the distressed vessel. The freighter was secured after about six hours.

Storm surge and severe weather damage in the north

tagesschau24 1 p.m., 30.1.2022

disruptions to rail traffic

Rail traffic was also severely affected by the storm. The problems should be solved during the day, said Deutsche Bahn. The ICE and IC trains were canceled on the section between Stralsund and the Baltic Sea resort of Binz. There were delays between Bremen and Hamburg because the section of the route was only single-track. Between Rostock and Hamburg and Berlin, passengers should expect short-term train cancellations and delays.

There were also delays and cancellations in regional traffic due to the storm damage. The reason given by the railways in many places were trees that had fallen onto the tracks – or disruptions to the overhead line.

Three dead in Scotland and Denmark

At least three people died in Scandinavia and Scotland. In Denmark, according to media reports, a 78-year-old succumbed to severe injuries sustained in a fall in a storm. Many regions of Denmark were flooded, there were several road accidents caused by falling trees and flying debris.

A boy and a 60-year-old man were killed by falling trees in Scotland. At times, the electricity supply to hundreds of thousands of households was interrupted.

Significant property damage to cars, boats and houses was also reported from Sweden, Norway and Finland. Heavy snowfall in Finland resulted in road accidents and the cancellation of bus and train services.


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