The storm “Daniel” left its mark on Wednesday in northern Germany. The police and fire brigade had to move out in many places because trees and branches had fallen on the streets. Storm surge warnings were issued for Thursday night.
In the first half of the night, hurricane gusts of up to 115 kilometers per hour (wind force 11) must be expected on the North Sea, and in the second half of the night over the Baltic Sea with heavy gale gusts to hurricane-like gusts, announced the German Meteorological Service. The storm could uproot trees and damage roofs, warned the meteorologists.
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) assumed in its report from the evening that the water level was up to 1.5 meters higher at night on the East Frisian coast and in the Weser and Elbe region and up to 75 centimeters on the North Frisian coast. One speaks of a storm surge on the North Sea coast when the flood is more than 1.5 meters higher than normal.
Train and subway traffic also affected
By late Wednesday evening, heavy gusts of wind had already caused traffic obstructions in many places in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. According to police, fallen trees blocked roads and train tracks in several places. In Lägerdorf (Steinburg district), a moving car was hit by a falling tree – the driver was only slightly injured, as reported by NDR 1 Welle Nord. A train was canceled between Flensburg and Schleswig, and a subway in Hamburg. The fire brigade and police in the Hanseatic city and in Schleswig-Holstein counted numerous missions because of the storm. In Lower Saxony there were several accidents due to gusts of wind. In Haselünne in Emsland, a car driver was seriously injured in a collision.
Ferry traffic partially impaired
In East Frisia, some ferry connections were canceled due to the storm on Wednesday – for example on the lines from the mainland to Norderney, Baltrum and Langeoog. The smaller express ferries also had to stay in the ports.
The ferry of the shipping company Cassen Eils has not been calling at Heligoland since Tuesday, but according to the shipping company it should be on the way again from Thursday. The ferries to and from Amrum and Föhr run without restrictions, as reported by the Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei.
Danger of slippery roads in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
NDR weather expert Meeno Schrader predicted that snow must also be expected in Schleswig-Holstein, which can turn into sleet. He also warned of the risk of ice on the streets, as did the meteorite Stefan Kreibohm from the NDR weather studio on Hiddensee for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Kreibohm predicted showers for the second half of the night at temperatures around zero degrees, which could bring snow as well as rain. A thin, muddy and therefore slippery blanket of snow could form on the streets.