Storm sets off flood warnings in northern Germany

Storm sets off flood warnings in northern Germany

January 30, 2022

BERLIN (Reuters) – A storm hit coastal areas in northern Germany overnight, disrupting train services and prompting flood warnings including in the port city of Hamburg, emergency officials said on Sunday.

Hamburg’s famous fish market was flooded as water levels in the Elbe river that flows into the North Sea rose by 5.2 metres (17 ft) above normal levels.

The German weather service had warned of hurricane-force wind in the north that could reach speeds of almost 100 kilometres (60 miles) per hour .

Firefighters in Hamburg responded to 450 emergency calls in the night between Saturday and Sunday.

Fallen trees that had blocked railways and roads were cleared and two men were rescued after a barge got stuck under a bridge in the northern city, emergency services said in a statement.

German public broadcaster NDR said several communities near the city of Wismar east of Hamburg experienced power outages.

Railway operator Deutsche Bahn had to suspend several lines in the north.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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