Storm warning in Berlin: danger to life in parks and forests, students can stay at home
Berlin – A violent storm, rain and a few thunderstorms hit the people Berlin And Brandenburg to. Especially on Thursday evenings and then also during the day it should be uncomfortable in the region and throughout Germany. The German Meteorological Service has issued an “official bad weather warning for hurricane gusts” and recommended not to stay outdoors if possible.
If not, you should at least keep your distance from buildings, trees, scaffolding, and power lines, and watch out for falling branches. Also, doors and windows should remain closed. Another storm is expected on Saturday.
The Berlin Senate has warned against the entry of green spaces and forests. “Falling branches and crown parts can be life-threatening – even after the storm, you can expect broken branches or falling trunks.” There is also the danger of street trees in the city, falling roof tiles, and pieces of scaffolding.
The Mitte district stressed: “Trees can suddenly fall. (…) There is a risk of death for people in parks and green spaces”. The Berlin Zoo and Wildlife Park will be closed on Thursday for safety reasons, only the aquarium will be open.
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Berlin school children can stay at home due to the storm. An informal written communication from parents is sufficient, announced the Senate Education Administration. In principle, however, compulsory education continues to apply and student care is ensured in schools. This procedure is common in Berlin for bad weather warnings.
According to forecasts, the storm will first reach northern Germany and then the rest of the country, coming from the west. The German Meteorological Service (DWD) has announced that the first gusts of wind with speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour are expected for Berlin and Brandenburg on Wednesday.
Berliners should only return to the parks after the green light
The wind will then pick up on Thursday night. There are gusts of wind or strong gusts of wind up to 100 kilometers per hour, single hurricane-like gusts of 110 or 120 kilometers per hour can occur for a short time. Severe thunderstorms with sleet are also possible.
It should rain a lot during the night. Temperatures should be between 10 and 7 degrees. According to forecasts, the storm will weaken on Thursday morning, and then increase again later in the day.
The Berlin fire brigade also recommended caution. “It’s safer within your four walls. You should check: Should I leave the house?” Said a spokesperson. If you absolutely must go out, you should avoid parks and forests. Even in the city, people should be alert and look up to see potential dangers.
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Berlin firefighters don’t have to prepare particularly well for a stormy night. At night in the capital, 500 to 600 firefighters would normally be ready.
Volunteer firefighters, with a total of 1,500 members, could also be alerted on very short notice at any time. Experience has shown that during thunderstorms, most alarms are not received at night, but in the early morning, when people wake up and discover the damage caused by the storm.
The Berlin-Mitte district office pointed out that many trees have been severely weakened due to the long drought of the past three years. “Whole trees can fall and strong branches break off, even if the trees have been checked annually for road safety.” Even after the storm, people should only return to the parks when the green light has been given and severe damage has been repaired.
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