Storm Pia caused considerable damage and communication difficulties in Germany. Several people were injured. According to the German Meteorological Service, the weather on Christmas will be calmer, but quite disappointing.
Hurricane Pia passed over Europe on Thursday and Friday. Strong winds caused damage and paralyzed pre-Christmas travel in many countries: Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands Whether Poland. The disaster also took its toll on our western neighbors.
Several people were injured
As the “Tagesschau” portal reported on Saturday, from Thursday storm seriously disrupted railway traffic, especially in the north of the country. Due to the damage, there were numerous cancellations and delays in regional and long-distance transport. Although most of the damage has been repaired, disruptions were expected on lines connecting Hamburg with Frankfurt am Main and Munich, as well as in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
– In some cases, the damage can only be fully assessed in daylight, said a spokesman for German state railway Deutsche Bahn on Friday evening.
It was also dangerous in other parts of the country. There were several serious accidents in North Rhine-Westphalia – in the city of Kleve, one person was hit by a car while trying to remove a fallen tree from the road, and in Overath, passengers of a car that hit a tree branch blocking the road were injured. Authorities also warned of flooding in Hamburg and in parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria.
Wet, warm Christmas
As explained by the German Meteorological Service (DWD), the Christmas weekend will be mostly wet in Germany. Due to continuous rainfall over the next 2-3 days, 60-90 liters of water per square meter may fall in many places. In some regions where storms are forecast, up to 90-120 liters of rain and sleet may fall. There will probably be very warm weather on Christmas Eve – thermometers will show between 8 and 13 degrees Celsius.
A spokesman for German railways Deutsche Bahn said on Saturday that trains would be very crowded at the weekend. In addition to the increased passenger traffic expected during the holiday season, there will also be passengers who had to postpone their journey to Saturday and Sunday due to difficult weather conditions.
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