As of 02/14/2020 3:15 p.m.
“Sabine” has moved away, but the next storm is already approaching: “Victoria” brings some uncomfortable hours for northern Germany at the weekend. Heavy gusts of wind are expected on the North Sea on Sunday. “The North Frisian Islands will probably get the most,” said a spokesman for the German Weather Service (DWD) on Friday in an interview with NDR.de. “But overall it will be less violent than the low ‘Sabine’.” The wind slowly increases over the course of Saturday. The peak of the storm was then reached by Sunday afternoon. “In the afternoon and evening it will be quieter again,” says the weather expert.
The coasts are particularly affected
Unlike the hurricane “Sabine”, the inland will not be affected as badly this time. The low “Victoria” does not move so far across the European mainland, but rages above all over Iceland. In the northern German interior, the gusts are expected to reach a maximum speed of 85 kilometers per hour (wind force 9) on Sunday. Things will be a lot stormier on the Brocken in the Harz, however.
Up to 18 degrees on Sunday
At the same time, there will be extremely mild temperatures this weekend in northern Germany. In Hanover up to 18 degrees are possible on Sunday. The Hamburgers can count on 16 degrees. For Schwerin and Rostock 15 degrees are expected, in Kiel it should be a maximum of 13 degrees.
Storm “Sabine” leaves damage in forests
NDR info – 02/14/2020 04:00 p.m.
Not only on the coast, but also in the forest areas of Schleswig-Holstein, the storm “Sabine” caused numerous damages. There is plenty of work for the foresters.
“Sabine” brought five storm surges
The hurricane low “Sabine” had not only mixed up the rail and air traffic. An unusual series of storm surges also affected rescue workers, volunteers and residents along the German North Sea coast and in Hamburg. Only on Wednesday evening could they breathe deeply: since Monday evening five storm surges, some of which were severe, had run up in a row.
Bathing beach on Wangerooge almost completely washed away
Due to the high water level, a lot of sand was washed off the beaches, especially on the islands – such as the East Frisian Wangerooge. The island’s bathing beach has largely disappeared. “80,000 cubic meters of sand are gone from 100,000,” said Mayor Marcel Fangohr on Thursday. It is uncertain whether the sand can be replenished by summer.
Hold dikes on the North Sea coast
The dikes on the Schleswig-Holstein North Sea coast have withstood the five storm surges, according to the Ministry of the Environment. “Our coastal protection strategy for the dikes on the North and Baltic Seas has proven itself in this difficult situation,” said Minister Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens) on Thursday. Only minor damage occurred to dikes, which were temporarily secured.
Heavy loss of sand on Sylt
On Sylt, however, the storm surge series cleared the beaches and, despite extensive precautionary measures, also attacked the substance of the island in a few places. The sand deposit was removed on the predominant stretch of the almost 40 km long Sylt west coast and moved to the underwater beach.
Damage also on FOhr and Amrum
Other islands are also affected by the storm surges. In the west of FOhr there is sand loss on the beaches, as well as on the Amrum Odde, at the north end of the island. Due to the persistent “land below”, no damage could be determined on the Halligen. According to Albrecht, a final balance will be possible at the end of the storm surge season at the end of March.
A storm surge series with rarity value
One speaks of a storm surge on the North Sea coast when the water levels are 1.50 to 2.50 meters above medium flood (MHW). In the event of a severe storm surge, the MHW is exceeded by 2.50 to 3.50 meters. In the event of a very severe storm surge, more than 3.50 meters above MHW are reached on the North Sea. Statistically speaking, a light storm surge occurs up to ten times a year, and a heavy storm surge occurs approximately every two years. According to authorities, there were five successive storm surges on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein in 1993, in the Elbe in 2015.
Videos of the storm “Sabine” in the north