The first thunderstorms occurred this afternoon in the county of Bentheim in the southwest of Lower Saxony. For Osnabrück, located in the far east, there is a warning of a storm in the evening due to possible wind gusts. A few hurricanes cannot be ruled out. Severe thunderstorms spread from the northeast to the east of Weserbergland. There is a risk of storms due to heavy rain of up to 30 liters per square meter in a short time, hurricane-force winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour and hail with granules up to three centimeters thick. In addition, authorities nationwide warn river floods. At night until Saturday, people in many places have to prepare for thunderstorms with heavy rain, strong hurricane winds, and hail. The weather is expected to calm down later.
The “skinny version” in MV, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg
In the evening hours, Emilind runs from the southwest to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. “We in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern tend to get the skinny version,” meteorologist Stefan Kripom of Hiddensee’s NDR weather studio said on NDR MV Live. “I don’t see a big storm risk in terms of hail or storm at first,” Kripom says. But it will rain heavily locally. Kreibohm considers up to 30 liters per square meter possible in some parts of the country – including minor floods. “But the whole thing will be over tomorrow morning. Nothing worse will happen.” It should also be wet in parts Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg: Rapid rain is expected, sometimes showers or thunderstorms, coming from the Elbe. According to DWD, the focus is between Hamburg, Lauenburg and Lübeck.
Hundreds of missions in Lower Saxony after the storm
DWD has already warned of bad weather on Thursday. In Lower Saxony there have been many damages and operations of the fire brigade since the afternoon. A Depphols fire brigade spokesperson spoke of hurricane-like devastation between Solingen and Barnstorf. The firefighting teams in the area counted 270 operations. A person was seriously injured by a falling tree near Edelstedt. A firefighter was also injured during the operation and had to be taken to hospital.
In Lüneburg, a tree falls next to the restaurant guests
In the city and region of Osnabrück, Emsland and the county of Bentheim, police counted nearly 70 storm surge operations. In Wilhelmshaven, emergency services also had to turn out 35 times. According to police, firefighters were called a total of 29 times in Hanover, mostly due to broken and fallen branches. In downtown Lüneburg, a tree fell in a pub in Stint and fell in Ilmenau. Although the guests were still seated around the tree at the time, police said no one was hurt.
Fire truss on the roof in Lübeck after a lightning strike
In Hamburg, emergency services stopped 34 times on Thursday between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the Hamburg fire brigade on Friday morning. It was mainly about flooded basements and broken branches, sometimes the streets were flooded, and the garages were full. In Lübeck, 20 operations were performed within two hours. A lightning strike caused a fire in the attic.
Train cancellations and delays in Deutsche Bahn
The train passengers also felt the effects of the storm. Some trains between North Rhine-Westphalia and Hanover and Hamburg have been cancelled. According to Deutsche Bahn, there were delays on the Hannover-Berlin route. Due to damage to the upper line in Hamburg, trains from Hanover to Berlin and Göttingen were sometimes significantly delayed.