NewsStorm "Ignatz" sweeps over Germany - weather service warns

Storm "Ignatz" sweeps over Germany – weather service warns

The first strong autumn storm of the year sweeps over Germany. During the day gusts of wind and in some places even gusts of wind are expected. In the north, “short-lived tornadoes” cannot be ruled out.

Offenbach – The storm “Ignatz” began its march across Germany early on Thursday morning. The first strong autumn storm of the year brought strong gusts in many places, sometimes also thunderstorms and rain.

In the course of Thursday, the German Weather Service (DWD) expected heavy gusts of wind and sometimes hurricane-like gusts of up to 105 kilometers per hour in a strip across the middle to the east and northeast of Germany. In the mountains there could even be hurricane gusts of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

Wind tears up trees here and there

The police situation centers initially had no major damage reports; Occasionally the wind tore up trees, but nothing worse happened, according to Thuringia and Baden-Württemberg. In Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony, a man was hit by a falling branch on Wednesday evening, but was only slightly injured, the police said.

Deutsche Bahn warned of possible train cancellations or delays due to the storm. However, in the morning there were still no reports of actual disruptions in rail traffic.

“Short-lived tornadoes” cannot be ruled out

In the northern half of Germany, the weather service warned of thunderstorms moving eastwards, in which hurricane-like gusts could blow at up to 105 kilometers per hour. “Short-lived tornadoes” are not excluded, it said.

In the course of the afternoon, according to the DWD, the wind decreases from the west again. It’s getting cooler overall. On Thursday the temperatures are between 15 and 18 degrees, in the west and north between 12 and 15 degrees. dpa

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