A storm system from Scandinavia swept across Germany at the weekend, bringing with it hurricane gusts and flooding. Hamburg and Berlin were badly affected, with flooding and power outages reported in both cities.
Northern Europe hit by severe storm
A severe storm, known in Germany as Storm Nadia, wreaked havoc in northern Germany over the weekend. Several people were killed by the extreme weather, which also caused public transport to stop and frequent power outages. Hurricane-force winds of up to 122 km/h were measured at the Kiel lighthouse, which could be felt as far south as Saxony.
Hamburg was particularly affected by the storm, which was dubbed Storm Malik by the Danish weather service and subsequently accepted internationally. Several streets in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district were flooded and cars were washed away. Other northern federal states, namely Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, also received flood warnings at the weekend. In the northern federal states, local public transport was severely impaired and long-distance transport was stopped.
Killed several people
Several people across northern Europe were killed by the storm. In Germany, a man was killed in Beelitz, Brandenburg, after being hit by a wind-blown election poster. Several people were injured by falling trees, which was also the cause of many public transport delays.
The weather also caused problems on the water: in Hamburg, a ship got under a motorway bridge. Two crew members, including the captain, were thrown overboard but both were rescued. A cargo ship was also torn from the shore by the storm and struggled with the weather around 26 kilometers off the coast of Cuxhaven. Tugboats were sent out and, after six hours of fighting, brought the ship under control.
Storm Odette is on the way
Another storm called Storm Odette in Germany and Storm Corrie international will follow Nadia / Malik on Monday. Odette is expected to be much milder than its predecessor, with a much less common storm field and slower wind gusts.
The German Weather Service (DWD) has forecast snowfall for the Alps and the western low mountain ranges. The snow is supposed to get heavier in the next few days, the DWD warns that 60 centimeters of snow could fall by Wednesday.