Powerful storms batter Germany — Analysis

While severe weather and storm surge warnings continue to be in place, some parts of Hamburg may now be underwater

According to the German Meteorological Service, Storm Ylenia struck northern Germany in the wee hours of Thursday morning. It brought with it winds speeds up to 152 km/h (94 mph) according to DWD.

German authorities advised people to stay indoors until the storm passes. Officials advised residents to remain indoors. They also recommended that they stay away from scaffolding, power lines, buildings and other structures. The government also discouraged citizens from driving.

The weather service reported that the most severely affected states were North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Hamburg, a port city in the Netherlands was among the most severely affected areas. There were many fallen trees and debris scattered throughout the city. Over 600 calls have been made to the fire brigade for assistance. Warnings for severe weather and storm surge are in place. 

Some areas of the city looked underwater. Local media reported that a highway running through the city had been flooded by rainwater after the sewers burst and the roads were inundated with water. 

Video shared online captured the moment when a powerful wave broke through the window of a ferry and hurled passengers with water. Local reports claim that the waves had been beating on the windows for several minutes before finally giving way. 

Numerous flights were cancelled and schools across Northern Germany have been shut down.

On Friday, more severe weather is forecast for the region. Forecasters warn that extreme winds of up to 135km per hour (83 mph), along the Baltic Sea Coast and in areas north of Germany could cause hurricane-like storms.

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