Status: 01/30/2022 12:46 p.m
The storm “Nadia” has led to hundreds of emergency services in Germany. Several people were injured. A pedestrian died. The severe weather warning has since been lifted. Authorities are warning of the next storm surge.
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 120 kilometers per hour. The highest wind speed was measured on Hallig Hooge (Nordfriesland district) at 127 km/h, said a meteorologist from the German Weather Service (DWD). 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. A severe storm flood flooded the fish market in the Altona district. According to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), the apex was reached at around 0.17 a.m. The water level at the St. Pauli gauge was therefore 2.84 meters above the mean high water level. Several cars were damaged by the flooding.
Also in Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg, there were numerous rescue services.
Entire North Sea coast affected
There were also storm surges in other places. “Not everywhere a severe storm surge like in Hamburg,” said the BSH spokeswoman. 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.
The BSH is still expecting storm surges or severe storm surges on the coasts on Sunday. 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.
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.
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
Christoph Tanneberger, NDR, tagesschau24 11:00 a.m., January 30, 2022
disruptions to rail traffic
Rail traffic was also severely affected by the storm. The problems are expected to last until noon, Deutsche Bahn said. 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.
On Sunday morning, the DWD his severe weather warning on. According to the information, gusts of wind are to be expected until late Sunday afternoon.