Stormy weather continues across Germany

Stormy weather continues across Germany
A commuter battles through the rain early on Tuesday morning in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA
Sabine has left its mark on Germany. But there's little relief as stormy weather is continuing.

Although it's not as extreme as the previous days, there's still a lot of wind and rain to contend with across the country on Tuesday.

In the southern part of Germany, police reported a large number of fallen trees through Monday night and in the early hours of Tuesday.

Emergency services were called out several times in the Freiburg and the upper Black Forest region. Many roads were closed.

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In southern Bavaria, too, trees lying on roads and power failures affected residents.

In the north it was slightly calmer although there was still some disruption.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate the storm, dubbed Sabine in Germany but known in other European countries as Ciara, caused trees to fall, and some smaller roads were still closed.

Overall, however, the situation has improved compared to Monday morning.

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Deutsche Bahn (DB) announced it planned to resume intercity rail traffic on Tuesday morning without major restrictions – but some problems could not be avoided.

During the night, a DB spokesman said that there would be disruption to some regional traffic, especially in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Trees also fell again on Hesse railway lines during the night so disruption is to be expected there.

The German Weather Service (DWD) expects the next few days to be stormy. On Tuesday, showers as well as strong gusts of wind are forecast. In the foothills of the Alps and in high altitudes, gale-force gusts are possible.

Meanwhile, the North Sea coast was preparing for storm surges and possible flooding.

Storm Sabine wreaks havoc

On Sunday and Monday, many people were injured in storm-related incidents – a total of 13 were injured in the most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia alone, according to the state interior ministry.

Other states were also affected. Two women were badly hurt by a falling tree in Saarbrücken on the French border, with one of them receiving life-threatening injuries, police said.

Further north in Paderborn, a 16-year-old boy was hit on the head by a falling branch.

There was also major traffic disruption.


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