The storm surge in northern Germany was lower than predicted on Friday night. But it will be very stormy at the weekend.
Offenbach – According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the storm predicted for the weekend will probably hit Germany on Sunday night.
It can reach hurricane strength with wind speeds of more than 120 kilometers per hour, especially on the North and Baltic Seas and on the peaks of the northern low mountain ranges. “That will be the big issue in the next few days,” said a DWD meteorologist on Friday in Offenbach.
Already announced yesterday: We are expecting a major storm situation at the weekend. According to all expectations, this will bring storms in the form of hurricane-like gusts of up to 110 km/h on the coasts. More about that in today’s topic of the day: https://t.co/s3wYRUEKaV /V pic.twitter.com/nnpPAoZSwO
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According to this, the first harbingers of the storm were already moving south-eastwards over the course of Saturday. Accordingly, the wind increases steadily far inland. The DWD expects wind force 11 there with speeds of 80 to 110 kilometers per hour. According to the information, the organ even swept over the 1140 meter high Brocken in the Harz Mountains at 130 to 140 kilometers per hour.
As a precaution, the Harz narrow-gauge railway no longer sends trains to the Brocken. In addition, train journeys from Wernigerode to Drei Annen Hohne and back were canceled on Friday because a tree and its root disk fell on the route, as the company in Wernigerode announced.
Stormy weather likely until Monday
The stormy weather is expected to last until Monday. There will also be rain, snow and sleet showers on Saturday with maximum daily temperatures of up to eleven degrees. Temperatures will drop a bit on Sunday.
On Thursday evening, despite the announced storm surge on the German North Sea coast, the situation remained within limits. A spokeswoman for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) said that some of the highs were “quite a bit lower” than predicted. At the Hamburg fish market, which is often flooded in similar situations, the water only spilled over a little, reported passers-by.
Since Thursday, a clear, around 500 meter long cliff has been stretching across the beach in front of the protective dunes in the Langeooger Pirolatal. The Lower Saxony State Office for Water Management, Coastal Defense and Nature Conservation (NLWKN) gave the all-clear. There is no danger for Langeoog and the vital freshwater lens in the interior of the island, which forms the drinking water reservoir. Rather, the edge is a result to be expected after the last sand build-up on the beach in front of the dunes. “The depot built in 2020 literally sacrifices itself for the actual dune and therefore constantly loses width in storm surges.”
Wind forces of up to 8 and gusts of up to 10 were expected on the coast on Thursday. One speaks of a storm surge on the North Sea coast when the flood water is at least 1.5 meters higher than normal. dpa