Depp “Emmelinde”: injured after a severe storm in NRW

As of 05/20/2022 8:59 PM

Storm “Emelinde” hit NRW hard. The damage is particularly significant in Paderborn and Lipstadt – presumably from cyclones. More than 30 people were injured. DWD also predicted severe weather for other federal states.

Expected storms for large parts of Germany came from the west with lightning, thunder and torrential rain. Thunderstorms caused by the lower “Emelend” hit North Rhine-Westphalia first.

A spokesman for the district police in Paderborn said between 30 and 40 people were injured, “ten of whom are seriously”. Accordingly, the “hurricane swept the city” and caused damage estimated at millions. Police spoke of “a patch of destruction”. In an industrial area, the roofs of the halls were torn. Sheet metal, insulation and other materials were flown for several kilometers.

According to the information, extensive damage was done throughout the area, countless roofs were covered and many trees were uprooted. Local public transportation, including the train, has been severely affected. Police asked people to stay home if possible.

Severe damage was also done in Lipstadt

A hurricane passed through Lipstadt. A spokesman for the fire department said there was extensive damage across the city. Many roofs were covered and trees fell on cars. No injured or even dead were initially reported from Lippstadt.

At times, about 120 bathers were trapped in the Caprioli leisure pool in Lipstadt because fallen trees blocked the entrance. The fire brigade reported that the trapped were later freed. In the Hellinghausen district, the top of the church fell due to a storm. About 200 to 300 firefighters are deployed.

A spokesman for the New South Wales Home Office said that with the exception of Paderborn and Lipstadt, no other places were identified that had been bombed with such force.

Storm over Germany: heavy rain, many damage and hurricane in Paderborn

Jan Koch, WDR, The Daily News at 8:00pm, May 20, 2022

“Please stay at home”

NRW Interior Minister Herbert Rolle called on residents to be particularly vigilant, telling German news agency dpa: “Please stay at home. Avoid spending time outside.” As a precaution, events in North Rhine-Westphalia were canceled even before the storm started.

According to the county government, school lessons in the Cologne administrative region ended at 11:30 a.m. so students could go home safely. In light of the weather forecast, the State Office for Nature and the Environment in North Rhine-Westphalia has activated a flood information service: precipitation can affect the outflow in water bodies in the state. Concrete prediction is not yet possible. Local flooding can occur in areas affected by heavy rains.

DWD Expands Warnings

Early in the afternoon, the German Weather Service (DWD) issued its first official severe weather warning for NRW due to severe thunderstorms. Meteorologists later expanded the warning to include parts of the Rhineland-Palatinate, Thuringia, Bavaria, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony and Baden-Württemberg.

According to DWD, torrential rains of up to 40 liters per square meter can fall locally in a short time, large showers of up to five centimeters and strong winds that reach hurricanes at speeds of 100-130 kilometers per hour. The Department of Human Development warned of the possibility of uprooting trees, falling roof tiles, and flooding basements and streets with water. Damage from hail or lightning to buildings, cars, and agriculture is also possible.

It may calm down on Saturday

It also expected thunderstorms in southern Germany, day and night. “However, the risks of severe weather here are usually only local and decrease over the course of the night,” said Sebastian Altnau, a meteorologist at DWD. On Saturday, Hoch “Zeus” calms the weather. “On Monday, the next thunderstorm condition will be announced with a new low from the southwest,” Altnao looked ahead. These thunderstorms are most likely to hit the southern half of Germany.

Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia in particular should be prepared for severe thunderstorms in the next couple of days. According to DWD, the most violent situation in northern Saxony is in Altmark. Flooded streets, flooded basements, fallen branches, and rising streams are expected.

In the Rhineland-Palatinate, all Ahrweiler-sponsored schools remain closed. Residents should follow more weather forecasts on radio, television and the Internet, as well as via the Katwarn and Nina warning apps, with particular interest.

Stefan Laps, ARD Weather Competency Center, with information on severe weather warnings

Tajischaw 24 7:00 pm, 20.5.2022.24

Deutsche Bahn: “Use tickets flexibly”

As a result of severe storms in NRW, travelers have to prepare for the long-distance traffic restrictions in Deutsche Bahn. According to the group, ICE and IC trains have been diverted between Cologne and Dortmund via Düsseldorf on the Cologne-Wuppertal-Dortmund/Hamm route.

“The stops in Solingen, Wuppertal and Hagen have been omitted,” she said. It is recommended to transfer to regional trains. Passengers who want to postpone their planned flight for Friday can use their booked long-haul tickets flexibly up to seven days after the disruption ends. Seat reservations can be redeemed for free, according to the Deutsche Bahn website.

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