“Sabine” has reached the North German coast. In the early afternoon, storm wind speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour and individual hurricane gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour have already reached the coast, said Felix Herz of the German Weather Service in Hamburg: ” Now things are starting”. In the next hour, the storm is expected to spread to the land.
According to official warnings, there is a possibility of extensive damage of buildings. Trees may be torn up and roof tiles, branches or objects may fall down. Residents should therefore close all windows and doors. Outdoor objects should also be secured. In addition, the Federal Office recommends keeping a large distance from buildings, trees, equipment or high-voltage lines, or not to stay outside.
At Frankfurt airport, about 100 flights were cancelled on Sunday, according to a spokeswoman for the operator Fraport.
Due to the announced storm “Sabine”, some flights were cancelled at Berlin’s Airport Tegel.
The city of Dortmund has ordered all city houses to close their doors this afternoon. These include museums, swimming pools, sports facilities, the opera and the concert hall. All events that were supposed to start after 5 pm will be cancelled, reports t-online.
Deutsche Bahn urgently warns about storm Sabine: “Due to the current weather warnings of the German Weather Service (DWD), we expect considerable delays in the regional and long-distance trains of Deutsche Bahn from Sunday noon, 09.02.2020, due to storm Sabine. We recommend our passengers to postpone long-distance journeys planned for Sunday, 09.02.2020 until Tuesday, 11.02.2020 for another day”.