Fear of “Antonia”!
Because of the storm, Deutsche Bahn stopped regional traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday evening.
► “After 8:00 p.m. we no longer send any new trains onto the route. Of course, everyone who is still on the road will still drive to their destination station,” said a railway spokeswoman at the request of the dpa. This is a precautionary measure, emphasized the spokeswoman. S-Bahn and regional trains are expected to start operating again on Monday morning.
However, since storm damage is to be expected, “extensive reconnaissance trips” would have to be carried out in the morning, as Deutsche Bahn further announced. Passengers should therefore find out about their journey early on at bahn.de or zuginfo.nrw.
Replacement traffic cannot be guaranteed. “We therefore urgently recommend postponing trips that are not absolutely necessary,” said Deutsche Bahn.
According to the forecast of the German Weather Service (DWD), the weather should not calm down again until Monday evening. For the passage of “Antonia” from north-west to south-east, not only gusts of wind and occasionally even hurricanes were expected, but also heavy showers and thunderstorms.
The DWD warned of severe weather in parts of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Thuringia, Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In addition to storm consequences such as falling roof tiles, local lightning damage is possible.
Trees were also particularly dangerous, as DWD expert Adrian Leyser explained: Trees that had already been affected by previous storms and were standing in heavily softened ground could easily fall over.