Severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes from evening – danger also on Saturday

Weather in Berlin and Brandenburg

German weather service warns of severe thunderstorms – a danger also on Saturday

dpa | Patrick Bloll

Audio: Meteorologist Peter Schwartz | Inforadio | 05/20/22 | picture: dpa | Patrick Bloll

Severe storms were announced in Berlin and Brandenburg late at night, which should be gone by Saturday. However, the danger of the storm had not yet been completely averted.

The German Weather Service (DWD) continues to warn of strong winds and hurricanes that could hit Brandenburg and Berlin with heavy thunderstorms in their baggage from early Friday evening. A severe weather warning was activated shortly before 6pm.

DWD expects “extreme and sometimes severe thunderstorms with massive impacts,” according to a similar statement. Storms or tornadoes between 90 and 130 km/h are possible as well as heavy rainfall of 40, sometimes 60 liters per square metre. It is also possible hailstones with a diameter of five centimeters. Meteorologists in Brandenburg and Berlin cannot even rule out individual hurricanes.

Outdoors warning – Saturday too

The Department of Environment and Climate Protection in the Berlin Senate, on Friday, warned against entering green areas or even forests during the announced storm due to weather conditions. Falling branches or treetops can be life-threatening. Even with street trees in the urban area, there is a risk that branches can break and fall — even if the storm disappears on Saturday. The risk also applies to roof tiles or scaffolding parts that may have come off in the middle of the city.

DWD expects the storm to continue into the night over Berlin and Brandenburg. Then the rain and storm front will move away and bring in cooler air. Expect moderately mild temperatures in the area on Saturday, ranging between 18 and 22 degrees. “There can still be showers in the morning – ‘and then the ghost ends,'” meteorologist Torsten Walter of the ARD Center for Weather Competence told rbb.

Lausitz control center: emergency call only for emergencies

According to the Lausitz Control Center, ten people will be deployed. If necessary, staffing can be increased at short notice, a spokesperson for the control center told RBB on Friday.

In order not to overload the switchboard, the control center asks not to call the emergency number because of each branch that falls. During the previous storm in February, the control center had to process more than 1,600 emergency calls and more than 1,000 operations.

So far, North Rhine-Westphalia has been particularly affected

By the afternoon, storms in western Germany had left handicaps. The fire brigade in Paderborn (North Rhine-Westphalia) reported that they had covered roofs and uprooted trees. According to the police, in the evening, 30 people were injured. There was also significant damage in Lipstadt, about 35 kilometers away – possibly from a hurricane.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, there were also some significant restrictions on the movement of trains. In individual districts, such as Cologne, lessons were canceled and something strange: in Solingen, the Christmas market had to be postponed to Saturday. The market was canceled in the winter due to Corona and must now already be compensated.

The Ahr Valley in the Rhineland-Palatinate, which was hit by a flood disaster last year, has been in an alarming mood since morning. Due to the warning of heavy rain and gusts of wind, all schools under the Ahrweiler District responsibility remained closed.

Insurers: More storm damage, shorter periods

In Brandenburg, the amount of damage caused by storm damage rose from 36 to 43 million euros between 2020 and 2021, according to insurance association GDV, an increase of more than 19 percent. In Berlin, it jumped from 11 to 30 million euros, an increase of 272 percent.

Even if the years vary greatly due to the particular nature of individual storms, insurance companies are watching a clear development. “In general, we are seeing an increase in damage across Germany as well as in Berlin and Brandenburg from storms and extreme weather events. 2021 was the year with the most damage in Berlin and Brandenburg from storms such as torrential rain, storms, hail and floods / flood,” she said. Anja Kafer Rohrbach on Friday, Deputy Director General of the General Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) at rbb. “There is an alternation between years with more damage and years with less damage. Because of climate change, we are seeing that the intervals are getting shorter and the damage is increasing,” she said.

Broadcast: Evening Show rbb24, May 19, 2022, 7:30 pm

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