Storm low “Nadia”: Hundreds of operations in northern Germany

Status: 01/30/2022 04:59 am

The storm “Nadia” caused hundreds of police and fire brigade operations in northern Germany. According to the authorities, there was a storm surge along the entire North Sea coast. Rail and long-distance traffic was also severely restricted.

Fallen trees, loose roof tiles and overturned construction site barriers – there were hundreds of police and fire brigade operations in northern Germany due to storm “Nadia”.

In Hamburg alone there have been around 300 storm operations so far, said a police spokesman early on Sunday morning. A spokesman for the Hanseatic city’s fire brigade was initially unavailable. According to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), there was a heavy storm surge in the Hamburg Elbe area on Sunday night – this flooded the fish market in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district. The apex was reached at around 12:17 a.m. at 2.84 meters above the mean high tide, said a spokeswoman for the BSH.

Barge drives against a bridge in the port of Hamburg

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 exact cause of the accident was initially unclear. It is possible that the captain misjudged the rising water level of the Elbe. The bridge is closed.

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

Image: dpa

There were also numerous operations in Schleswig-Holstein. In the north of the country alone, the fire brigades had to be deployed around 120 times. That said a spokesman for the regional control center, which is responsible for Flensburg, Schleswig and Husum, among other things. No exact figures were available for other parts of the country. But there have been a number of operations, said a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior.

According to a spokesman, the fire brigade in Bremen was deployed more than 40 times during the night. In the district of Aurich in East Friesland, the fire brigade was called around 25 times for help. Trees and construction fences had also fallen there. The Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior in Hanover did not have any exact figures early on Sunday morning. There were initially no larger operations, said a spokesman.

Storm surge on the North Sea coast

The storm low over the North Sea also brought many operations to the fire brigade and police in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. A spokesman for the fire brigade said they had been deployed almost 200 times in Schwerin and the surrounding area. In Stralsund, too, the situation center reported that they had their hands full. Nothing was initially known about injuries during the night.

The German Weather Service (DWD) had warned of storms up to hurricane gusts. The warning situation should last along the entire north German coast until Sunday morning. According to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), there was also a storm surge along the entire North Sea coast on Sunday night.

Because of the storm, an unloaded freighter drifted off the East Frisian coast for several hours: the 190-meter-long “Vienna” had obvious problems manoeuvring, said a spokesman for the emergency command in Cuxhaven. 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. To establish the towing connection, several specially trained seafarers were roped down from a Federal Police helicopter onto the freighter. The freighter was secured after about six hours. According to initial findings, the 24 crew members were not injured. The ship was not damaged.

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Massive problems in rail traffic

The storm also caused massive traffic disruptions: Deutsche Bahn (DB) temporarily stopped long-distance traffic in Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hamburg and Bremen on Saturday evening, as announced on Twitter. Although the long-distance trains were able to start rolling again later, the railways warned of train cancellations and delays until Sunday morning due to storm damage.

As the railway announced on its website, the long-distance routes between Hamburg and Bremen and between Hamburg and Berlin were not accessible at all or only on one track on Saturday evening. Trains were canceled or had to be diverted. Some stations could therefore not be approached.

According to Deutsche Bahn, there were also delays and cancellations in regional traffic in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen and the greater Hamburg area.

Heavy gusts also on the Brocken

The DWD also expects severe gusts of wind on the Brocken in the Harz Mountains. The national park administration therefore advises against forest visits beyond the weekend. The hurricane-like gusts pose an acute danger to life, it said. Trees could be uprooted and entire treetops and branches could fall.

According to the DWD, the wind will decrease over the course of the day on Sunday, and the day will then be mostly quite friendly, with maximum temperatures between four and eight degrees.

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