Storm Antonia—the third severe storm to hit Germany since Thursday, swept through the country with winds of up to 100 km/h in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, and even recorded hurricane force winds of 149 km/h on the Feldberg mountain peak in the Black Forest.
Die Windanimation zeigt die weiterhin stürmische Lage mit Sturmtief #Antonia. Vor allem mit der Passage einer Kaltfront in der Nacht zum Montag mit teils kräftigen Schauern und einzelnen Gewittern können vorübergehend schwere Sturm-, vereinzelt auch orkanartige Böen auftreten. /V pic.twitter.com/ZT8V3E1KL1
— DWD (@DWD_presse) February 20, 2022
Two drivers in Lower Saxony were injured when their cars crashed into a tree that Antonia had blown over.
Both drivers had to be taken to nearby hospitals in the Osnabrück district, according to a police spokesperson. The storm also overturned a truck on Schleswig-Holstein’s Fehmarnsund Bridge, closing the roadway to the nearby island in both directions. In the meantime, Antonia also flooded parts of Hamburg’s Altona district.
Antonia also damaged cars and destroyed roofs in North-Rhine Westphalia. Fire crews in Herdecke, just south of Dortmund, reported that a roof of one apartment building flew off and landed on another building, massively damaging it, although no injuries were reported.
200 metres of a bus overhead line in Solingen were also completely ripped out after a tree fell on the line.
German state rail company Deutsche Bahn is also warning travellers to expect both delays and cancellations on Monday after storm damage made more than 6,000 kilometres of rail track impassable.
Long distance trains originating in the northeastern cities of Rostock and Stralsund saw their services to both Hamburg and Berlin cancelled.
Further cancellations were seen on routes between Emden and Cologne and operations between Siegen and Dortmund. Regional rail service in North-Rhine Westphalia was halted as a precautionary measure on Sunday evening, but are set to resume normal operations Monday.
⚠️ Wichtiger Reisehinweis: Bahnverkehr ist in Teilen Deutschlands auch am Montag durch Unwetterschäden stark beeinträchtigt. Aktuelle Infos: https://t.co/rnaSSELCgU. Infos zu unseren Kulanzregelungen findet ihr hier: https://t.co/j7vLplli3M
— Deutsche Bahn Personenverkehr (@DB_Bahn) February 20, 2022
Replacement bus services on rail lines operated by Metronom in Lower Saxony, Hamburg, and Bremen are expected to be in place until Monday afternoon, with rail restrictions in Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saarland expected to last through much of Monday.
Following disrupted train services, some lessons in the Lower Franconian district of Miltenberg were cancelled for Monday.
Antonia is the third severe storm to hit Germany since Thursday and some damage still remains from previous storms Ylenia and Zeynep.
At least six people died in those two storms, with insurance claims expected to be in the billions.
Meteorologists with the German Weather Service (DWD) say high winds will remain an issue in Germany this week, but will be weaker.
Hurricane – (der) Orkan
Storm – (der) Sturm
Storm damage – (die) Unwetterschäden