Germany saw its third severe weather event as Storm Antonia raged through it. The weather condition involved forced winds and hurricanes. 0) in damage in the process and killed at least six people in Germany. According to insurance company Aon, Antonia is now estimated to have caused a further €100 million in damages.
Impact of the Storm
Antonio has caused damage to rail infrastructure and disruption to services, with Antonia causing further damage to rail infrastructure and disruptions to services, with the German rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, shutting down its regional services in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday evening. On Monday, the company said that cancellations and delays were still to be expected on several services in the state during the morning.
There was damage caused to houses and trees because of the storm. Firefighting services in several German cities were called out. In Worms, several parked cars and buildings had been damaged by falling rafters from another facility.
On Monday, the famous fish market in the Altono district of Hamburg was flooded by a storm surge caused by Storm Antonia. In Herdecke in North Rhine-Westphalia, the roof of an apartment building was blown off, hitting the top of another building and spreading debris on the street. No injuries have been reported so far.
Alert Issued for gale-force winds
The German Weather Service (DWD) had issued a red alert for gale force winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour for pockets of primarily western and southern Germany and along the Baltic Sea coast.
An orange alert has been issued for winds up to 90 kilometers per hour, with stronger hurricane-like gusts at times. Due to strong winds, many flights were redirected from Dusseldorf International and Weeze Airport to other nearby airports in Germany.
Under its international name of Franklin, the storm has also hit the UK and Ireland on Sunday.
More than 150 flood warnings have also been issued across northern England, particularly for Yorkshire and Manchester. Hundreds of people in Manchester were evacuated as a precaution. Some parts of Northern Ireland have seen flooding.
Earlier, more than a dozen people were killed by Zeynep, known as Eunice, outside Germany. The storm struck Ireland, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany on Friday and Saturday. Storm Ylenia, known as Dudley outside Germany, landed in Germany a day earlier, also causing a lot of damage.
On Sunday, the repair teams were still working in Germany to repair the overhead rail lines and remove fallen trees from Zeynep.
More than 1.3 million people were left without power in Britain and Poland, with energy firms still racing to restore supply to tens of thousands of homes on Sunday.
Edited by- Subbuthai Padma
Published by- Radhika. N