A dangerous situation exists for the German North Sea coast on Wednesday, and a storm surge could also threaten. As the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) announced, the high water in the morning and midday on the East Frisian coast and in the Weser area will be three-quarters to one meter higher than normal. On the North Sea coast, the BSH speaks of a storm surge when the flood water is at least 1.5 meters higher than normal. A severe or very severe storm surge is only spoken of from values of 2.5 or 3.5 meters.
The peak of the storm is expected on Wednesday afternoon and in the evening hours, said meteorologist Andreas Tschapek from the German Weather Service (DWD) in Hamburg. Especially in connection with showers and thunderstorms coming from the North Sea, severe gusts of wind with wind speeds of around 95 kilometers per hour are also possible.
In addition to the coast and in the Harz mountains, it is also stormy inland: the weather service expects wind gusts of force 7 at 55 kilometers per hour or stormy gusts of force 8. "From the second half of the night the wind will weaken again," said Tschapek.
On the coast, the water occasionally washed over harbor areas and beaches on Wednesday morning. On Spiekeroog, for example, the port area was flooded, so that a ferry departure was delayed, as reported by Nordseebad Spiekeroog GmbH. According to Deutsche Bahn, which operates the ship traffic, high water levels on the neighboring island of Wangerooge also cause deviations in the timetable. Ferry traffic to and from other islands largely went according to plan.
On Norderney, the waves roar around a wooden structure on the “Weiße Düne” beach section, on which changing rooms and lifeguards are housed in the summer months. Then the scaffolding on the beach is filled up with sand. Past storm surges have already washed away the sand that was only piled up last year.
In Hanover, the Great Garden and the open spaces of the Berggarten in the Herrenhausen Gardens were closed on Wednesday due to the storm. The city administration warned against entering forests and parks.
During a storm and waves four meters high, a general cargo ship with engine failure on the North Sea west of Helgoland caused the emergency command to be deployed on Tuesday evening. The emergency tug "Nordic" ran out to the distressed vessel and established an emergency towing connection. A federal police helicopter also dropped two specialists on the freighter. After a few hours, the freighter's engine was able to start up again.