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Storm "Antonia" moves over Germany: gusts of wind up to 120 km/h – trains are cancelled

Several deaths and immense damage are the balance of the storms “Ylenia” and “Zeynep”. Now storm depression “Antonia” Germany – experts warn again.

  • The storms “Ylenia” and “Zeynep” have caused severe damage.
  • On Sunday and Monday, storm depression “Antonia” will hit Germany – there will be another storm.
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+++ 9.41 p.m .: Because of the storm “Antonia”, Deutsche Bahn will discontinue regional transport in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday evening (February 20th, 2022). “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. In northern Hesse, local public transport is also severely restricted due to the storm, with many connections failing from 10 p.m.

However, since storm damage is to be expected, “extensive reconnaissance trips” would have to be carried out in the morning, Deutsche Bahn said. Passengers should therefore inform themselves about their journey in good time. Replacement traffic cannot be guaranteed. “We therefore urgently recommend postponing trips that are not absolutely necessary,” said Deutsche Bahn.

Die Deutsche Bahn stellt den Regionalverkehr in Nordrhein-Westfalen am Sonntagabend (20.02.2022) wegen Sturmtief „Antonia“ ein. (Archivbild)


Deutsche Bahn will discontinue regional traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday evening (February 20th, 2022) due to storm “Antonia”. (archive image)

Storm “Antonia” moves over Germany: hurricane gusts up to 120 km / h – weather expert warns

+++ 5.20 p.m .: The series of storms in Germany does not stop, after storm low “Zeynep” comes low “Antonia” on Sunday. The German Weather Service (DWD) has published warnings of storm or hurricane gusts throughout Germany. According to this, hurricane-like gusts of up to 120 kilometers per hour as well as showers and thunderstorms are possible in some regions from 10 p.m. According to weather expert Dominik Jung, “Antonia” could be as violent as “Ylenia”.

“The weather is very volatile,” explains Jung. “After two violent storms, many people in Germany have cracked. This is especially true for the forests. Now another strong storm is thundering over us. It also brings continuous rain and potential for flooding in the northwest!” On Monday afternoon, another strong storm field will arrive in western Germany.

Der DWD warnt in der Nacht zu Montag (21.02.2022) vor Sturm.


The DWD warns of storms on Monday night (February 21, 2022).

The German Weather Service urges caution. Trees can be uprooted and roofs damaged. “Pay special attention to falling branches, roof tiles or objects,” says the DWD and advises against staying outdoors.

Storm “Antonia” moves over Germany: DWD warns of further storms

+++ 1:15 p.m .: No relaxation is to be expected on the storm front in Germany. As the German Weather Service (DWD) reports, there may be some dangerous storms again in the Federal Republic on Monday night (February 21, 2022).

We still have to get through the storm situation until Monday

Meteorologist of the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach

The storm “Antonia” is responsible for this, according to the dpa. The wind will be accompanied by a cold front and will move across Germany from north-west to south-east. “Antonia” harbors the risk of violent storms and hurricane-force gusts that can reach speeds of up to 115 km/h.

Am Uferweg wir vor Sturmschäden gewarnt. Die Nordseeinsel Wangerooge hat durch „Zeynep“ etwa 90 Prozent ihres Badestrandes eingebüßt.


On the shore path we warned of storm damage. The North Sea island of Wangerooge has lost about 90 percent of its bathing beach due to “Zeynep”.

DWD announces severe weather: On Monday morning, the south will also be affected

But not only violent storms and wind have to be expected, heavy showers and thunderstorms are also to be expected. The hurricane-like gusts on the Baltic Sea can last until Monday morning. The storm front reaches the south of the country, then on Monday morning. The worst will probably be over here by noon.

At five to eleven degrees, Monday will remain a stormy and rainy day, according to the DWD. From Tuesday, a clear relaxation of the weather situation is to be expected, even if the wind will remain an issue on a smaller scale throughout the week.

New storms threaten: after “Zeynep” comes storm “Antonia” on Sunday

+++ 9:28 a.m .: From late Sunday morning there will be strong gusts of wind again in many places. In exposed locations and the low mountain ranges, there are also stormy and hurricane-force gusts of up to 90 km/h. “After the storm is before the storm,” said qualified meteorologist Dominik Jung to Heavy storms are to be expected again, especially on Monday night. The weather is only supposed to relax a bit until the night of Tuesday: Then the rain will subside and the wind will die down.

designation Wind speeds (kilometers per hour)
stiff wind 50 to 61 km/h
Stormy wind 62 to 74 km/h
storm 75 to 88 km/h
heavy storm 89 to 102 km/h
Hurricane Storm 103 to 117 km/h
hurricane from 118 km/h
Source: DWD

First report from Sunday, February 20th, 2022, 7:54 a.m.: Kassel – The full extent of the damage caused by the storm lows “Ylenia” and “Zeynep” has not yet been recorded, and new adversity is already threatening: Storm low “Antonia” is said to be on Sunday ( 20.02.2022) initially bring strong to stormy gusts. The German Weather Service (DWD) reports that Monday night could be turbulent again.

Heavy gusts of wind or hurricane-like gusts are possible. Trees pose a particular danger, as DWD meteorologist Adrian Leyser explained: “The trees, which were already affected by the previous storms and are standing in partially heavily softened soil, can easily fall over.”

At least three dead in Germany from storm “Zeynep”

At the start of the weekend, hurricane low “Zeynep” caused storm surges in the north, rail traffic failures and accidents on the roads. At least three people died in Germany. According to an initial estimate, “Zeynep” caused insured losses of over 900 million euros. The storm was the most intense since “Kyrill” in 2007, said management consultancy Meyerthole Siems Kohlruss (MSK), which specializes in actuarial mathematics. The company had estimated the insured damage from the previous storm “Ylenia” at 500 million euros. The overall damage caused by storms is generally higher, sometimes quite significantly.

Nachdem das Orkantief „Zeynep“ über Bayern hinweggefegt ist, geht das große Aufräumen los.


Hurricane Zeynep caused immense damage.

The storm days also had immense consequences for travel. Deutsche Bahn (DB) had partially stopped train traffic on Friday, and the failures, which mainly affected the north, often continued over the weekend. “The forecast for Sunday and Monday remains difficult,” said DB spokesman Achim Stauss on Saturday evening. There is damage to the railway infrastructure on more than 1000 kilometers of track. Clearing crews are on duty around the clock to remove fallen trees and repair overhead lines.

Storm “Antonia” can bring hurricane-like gusts to Germany

Due to the storm damage, delays and train cancellations can be expected in North Rhine-Westphalia and northern Germany until at least Monday afternoon, the railway said on its website. Furthermore, no long-distance trains run north of Dortmund and Berlin. A few ICE trains run between Berlin, Hanover and Cologne as well as Munich, Hanover, Bremen and Hamburg.

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For the first time since 2013, Hamburg experienced a very severe storm surge* with more than 3.5 meters above the mean high water level during the “Zeynep” passage. In Bremen, a 55-meter-high construction crane* crashed into an office building that was still under construction, in Hamburg, parts of the facade of a four-storey residential building collapsed. In Bad Zwischenahn (Lower Saxony), a spruce tree around nine meters high fell on a clinic building, nobody was injured. The North Sea islands of Wangerooge and Langeoog lost significant parts of their bathing beach. Even if the start of the week may be wild again: the weather should finally calm down on Tuesday. (lrg/dpa) *, and are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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