Could be one of the worst storms in decades.
With gale force winds of up to 180 km per hour (111 miles per hour), public officials are bracing for what could be one of the worst storms in decades.
Germany’s national railway is preparing for possible disruptions or closures. Airports also warn of possible delays or flight cancellations.
The storm is expected to gain in intensity on Thursday around noon. “In the north, we are expecting a very swift increase in wind speeds during this time,” Frank Böttcher of the Institute for Weather and Climate Communication (IWK) said. By afternoon, gale force winds are expected along the coasts, with winds reaching speeds of 150 km per hour (93 miles per hour) in the North Frisia region. “Winds could even reach speeds of up to 180 kilometers per hour on the islands of Helgoland and Sylt,” Fabian Ruhnau, a meteorologist at Meteomedia told reporters.
In many parts of the country, the storm is expected to shift to snowfall on Thursday night.
Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) also warns of potentially serious flood tides.
Conditions appear to be similar to those that led to dramatic storm tides in Hamburg in 1962 that killed 340 people, warns Hamburg-based IWK.
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Different websites are calling it an
“Apocalyptic, Mega-Monster, Super-Killer North Sea Storm”
“Will Crush Northern Europe By End Of Week!”
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