Dramatic scenes took place in Hamburg at the weekend: a tidal wave rolled over the Hanseatic city. Whole parts of the city were under water.
- The storm tide* raged particularly hard in Hamburg (origin report) .
- Whole districts were under water, a shipwreck occurred at the port (origin report) .
- The Federal Office has now lifted the storm surge warning for the North Sea (update from January 30, 3:11 p.m.) .
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Update from January 30, 3:11 p.m .: The storm surge warning for the German North Sea coast has now been lifted. The midday high tide was over by this time. This was announced by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).
In Hamburg, the fish market has previously filled up for the second time within hours. Thousands of onlookers were drawn to the Elbe and the fish market to watch the spectacle, as a dpa reporter reported. The water level at the St. Pauli gauge rose to 2.60 meters above the mean high water level at midday.
The second storm surge of the weekend in Hamburg was also a severe one. On the North Sea coast, one speaks of a storm surge when the flood water is at least 1.5 meters higher than normal. A severe or very severe storm surge is only spoken of from values of 2.5 or 3.5 meters.
The storm surge warning for the Baltic Sea coast continued on Sunday afternoon. We speak of a storm surge when the water rises 1.00 to 1.25 meters above the mean water level. In the case of a medium storm surge, the level rises to 1.25 to 1.50 meters above the mean water level. A severe or very severe storm surge is spoken of when values are more than 1.50 or 2.00 meters above mean water level.
Weather in Germany: storm surge warning service sounds the alarm
Update from January 30, 2:40 p.m .: A weather warning is not only valid for Hamburg. For Sunday evening, the storm surge warning service expects water levels to the east and west of Rügen and in the Bay of Lübeck/Wismar to be 1.20 meters above the average value, in the Bay of Kiel by midnight even up to 1.35 meters more.
Update from January 30, 12:40 p.m .: Hamburg does not rest. The Hanseatic city is facing the second severe storm surge within 24 hours. The Hamburg Storm Surge Warning Service (WADI) has again issued a warning.
Severe weather in Hamburg: Next tidal wave announced
High tide is expected at noon today. At around 1:45 p.m., the St. Pauli level should reach 4.70 meters above sea level. This is reported by the NDR. The Hamburg police warn against staying in lower-lying areas such as the port or the fish market. It is also important to remove vehicles from those areas and to secure buildings near the Elbe.
In the meantime, the interior authority has set up a crisis team. Individual streets were closed. They are intended to prevent vehicles from driving to threatened locations.
Storm surge in Hamburg: Crisis team set up – failures in train traffic
The severe storms in Hamburg also have serious consequences for train traffic: Deutsche Bahn had temporarily stopped long-distance traffic in Hamburg on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning there were still delays and cancellations due to storm damage.
The train announced on its website that no ICE or Intercity trains can currently run between Hamburg and the Baltic Sea resort of Binz. The section between Bremen and Hamburg can only be used on one track. Travelers between Rostock and Hamburg or Berlin should also expect delays or train cancellations.
You can read more details about the storm situation in Hamburg from the colleagues at 24.hamburg.de .
Original article from January 30: Hamburg – A stormy night lies behind the Hanseatic city: Storm low “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. There were some 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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