Dramatic scenes took place in Hamburg on Sunday night: a tidal wave overran the Hanseatic city. Fire brigade and police were in constant use.
- The hurricane storm in Hamburg was particularly violent.
- After a storm surge*, entire districts were under water.
- By early Sunday morning there were around 300 storm operations.
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Hamburg – A stormy night lies behind the Hanseatic city: Storm “Nadia” swept over Hamburg with full force. The hurricane-force gusts – including the storm surge – left a trail of devastation in their wake. The fire brigade and police were in constant use and had to move out hundreds of times. Sometimes there were dramatic scenes.
Violent gusts of wind in Hamburg: districts under water – fire brigade in a state of emergency
A severe storm surge completely flooded the fish market and the St. Pauli district. So far there have been around 300 storm* operations in the city, a police spokesman confirmed to the dpa early on Sunday morning. Several cars were also damaged by the floods.
The water level was 2.84 meters above the mean high tide, as a BSH spokeswoman announced. According to Bild.de , the level of the Elbe reached a maximum value of 5.20 meters above normal high water around 1 a.m. at night. The fire brigade declared a state of emergency around 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Late in the evening, around 9 p.m., there was a shipwreck on the Elbe: a barge got stuck under a bridge in the port of Hamburg. According to initial findings, it probably got stuck on the Freihafenelbbrücke when driving through with the wheelhouse and got stuck, according to a police spokesman. There were two people on board the ship. They could be saved. According to initial reports, there were no injuries. The cause of the accident was initially unclear. It is possible that the captain misjudged the rising water level of the Elbe.
Storm surge in Hamburg: shipwreck at the port – weather warning continues
According to Bild.de , a DLRG rescuer also fell from the quay into the water due to a gust of wind *. Luckily he was wearing a survival suit and was able to save himself back on land. Dramatic scenes probably took place around midnight in Hafen City: emergency calls were received reporting several cars trapped in the water – including their occupants. But rescuers who rushed to give the all-clear: the vehicles were empty.
Incidentally, there is no breather for Hamburg: According to the DWD, the storm* should last until Sunday morning. The weather service warns of strong gusts until 6 p.m. this evening.
It’s not much better elsewhere. The Berlin fire brigade declared a state of emergency, and a man died in Brandenburg. You can read the live ticker for all of Germany here*. There were also severe storms in Bavaria. The windy weather* should also continue here for the time being.
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