Twice storm, twice Germany out of breath!
Hurricane “Ylenia” first blew through Germany on Thursday with wind speeds of up to 152 km/h. From Friday noon until yesterday, the low “Zeynep” (Arabic: desert flower) lashed the northern half of the country at 162 km/h. State of emergency! The double storm caused flooding, destruction and deaths.
In the capital alone, the fire brigade counted 7,800 missions from Thursday to noon yesterday – 3,200 of them due to the weather. For comparison: In 2017, storm “Xavier” raged across Northern and Eastern Europe. At that time, the Berlin fire brigade had to turn out 3,000 times. “So it’s even worse than it was then,” said a fire department spokesman for BILD am SONNTAG.
The north was also hit particularly hard. According to the German Weather Service, the highest value was measured on Saturday night at around 162 km/h at the North Sea lighthouse “Alte Weser”.
On the North Sea island of Wangerooge, the waves swallowed up almost the entire sandy beach on Friday night, and in Bremen a 55-meter-high construction crane fell on a shell.
In Hamburg, the water level at the St. Pauli gauge reached 3.75 meters above the mean high water level yesterday morning. This corresponds to about 5.90 meters above sea level (experts speak of a “very severe storm surge” from 3.50 meters).
Parts of the Speicherstadt and Hafencity were also flooded. BILD am SONNTAG reporter Peter Wilke reported from Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, where a tree fell on two parked cars on Friday afternoon. In the Hanseatic city there were 654 weather-related operations between Friday 5 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. Train traffic was completely idle until yesterday afternoon.
BILD am SONNTAG reporter Michael Engelberg also experienced how violent the storm was in Greven (NRW). There, a 100-year-old linden tree (more than 30 meters high) fell into Anke Röwe’s house. The woman was unharmed: “The fact that these roots, which are several meters deep, could not withstand the storm, makes you aware of the force of nature.”
In NRW, the storm led to a total of 300 traffic accidents, and the fire brigade deployed more than 12,000 storms. In Essen, a man was hit on the head by a falling roof tile on Friday evening and was seriously injured.
Gusts of up to 150 km/h swept across the Brocken (Saxony-Anhalt). BILD am SONNTAG reporter Hannes Ravic reported on Friday at almost 0 degrees and a snowstorm from 1141 meters high.
Winter storm “Ylenia” alone could cost Germany’s insurers 500 million euros – according to experts, the total damage over the past three days will be in the billions.
And there is still no calm after the storm. Tonight there are violent hurricane gusts on the North Sea and in the west with up to 100 km/h. “So it’s not over yet,” says qualified meteorologist Dominik Jung from wetter.net. “Storm depression “Antonia” is already ready.”
So the storm raged through Europe