Storm Zeynep: Strong winds hit Germany days after Ylenia – DW (English)

February 19, 2022 by No Comments

Emergency crews on Saturday battled to restore power to more than 1.3 million homes and businesses after Storm Eunice — known as Storm Zeynep in Germany — struck several European countries.

At least 12 people were killed by falling trees, flying debris and high winds in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Poland, emergency services said.

Zeynep was the second major storm to hit Germany in days, where it caused injuries, property damage and killed at least three people.

The German Weather Service (DWD) lifted all gale-force wind warnings for the country on Saturday morning, but warned there could still be high winds.

Where in Germany did the storm hit?

The strongest winds of 145.8 kilometers per hour (around 90.6 mph) were measured at the Brocken in the Harz mountains on Friday, according to a spokesperson for the German Weather Service (DWD). Similar high speeds of 143.3 kilometers per hour were measured at the North Sea coast in Büsum.

Other parts of the country, including Feldberg in the Black Forest (137.5) and the Grosser Arber in Bavaria (130.7) also recorded gale-force winds.

Two people died in separate car accidents in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, authorities said.

Elsewhere in Germany, a man died after falling when trying to repair a damaged roof.

The storm hit northern parts of the country early Saturday. The North Sea German island of Wangerooge lost about 90% of its bathing beach during the night. 

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