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"Zeynep" is followed by "Antonia" – is there a risk of new damage?

Several deaths and immense damage are the balance of the past storm days. Real peace should only come on Tuesday – before that, storm depression “Antonia” hit Germany.

Berlin – The full extent of the damage caused by “Ylenia” and “Zeynep” has not yet been recorded, and new adversity is already threatening: Storm depression “Antonia” is said to initially bring strong to stormy gusts during the course of the day.

The German Weather Service (DWD) announced that Monday night could be turbulent again. Heavy gusts of wind or hurricane-like gusts are possible. Trees are particularly dangerous, 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 the start of the weekend, hurricane low “Zeynep” caused storm surges in the north, disruptions to rail traffic and accidents on the roads. At least three people died. 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.

Damage to railway infrastructure

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.

Due to the storm damage, delays and train cancellations can be expected in northern Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia until at least Monday afternoon, DB 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.

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-tall 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. dpa

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