Friday, January 19, 2007

everyone knows it's windy

Oh my. That was interesting.

I haven't been outside yet today, but from what I can see out the window there hasn't been much damage to our neighbourhood other than a lot of stray tree branches lying around. We have electric blinds on the outside of our windows and glass doors so we sealed ourselves in tight last night and hoped for the best. The wind was still very unnerving. Wind makes me edgy at the best of times and knowing that a tree could come crashing down any minute didn't make it much fun.

Others don't seem to have been so lucky. In Hannover fire and rescue services were called out at least 400 times and the damage from fallen trees and roof tiles flying off houses is estimated to be in the millions. The Deutsche Bahn stopped all trains for the first time in the history of the company, and many were stranded in Hannover over night in makeshift accomodations. The main train station in Berlin had to be completely evacuated when a large chunk of metal was torn off the outside of the building. Trains are running again today, but not expected to be on schedule due to repairs to the tracks.

Tragically, a total of 29 people in Europe lost their lives in this storm, 10 of them in Germany. Even more tragically, one of the victims was an 18-month-old girl who was struck down by a terrace door that was blown off its hinges during the early evening. Very, very sad.

It's still quite windy out there however the worst seems to be over, for now at least. What's with this crazy weather anyway?



12 Comments:

At January 19, 2007 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sparky caught the last train out of Berlin last night, but it took him 11 hours to get home. They had to re-route that train to go west then south because of all the damage. And after all that he had to take a taxi home from Frankfurt. He got home at 5 am. He left Berlin at 6pm.

 
At January 19, 2007 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger is the pits recently, I'm finding it difficult to leave comments.. glad your okay, we get those 100 km hour winds quite frequently here in t-dot but we still don't like them. Last fall a huge tree landed on my neighbours house, it was a big mess....ciao

 
At January 19, 2007 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My neighborhood seems to be fairly unscathed, except for a few branches here and there and an odd 3 foot by 2 foot piece of flat terracotta colored plastic that showed up on my terrasse. No idea what it could be from...

 
At January 19, 2007 6:20 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Oh, the wonders of YouTube!

Weather has been strange everywhere, I guess. It FINALLY snowed here last night. We have had a very mild winter.

Glad to hear that you're OK! I'm terrified of winds because we're in "Tornado Alley". The scariest moments of my childhood were spent in little room in the basement waiting for the tornado sirens to stop and hoping that our house would still be there when we emerged... but then again, I did watch too many movies and read too many books as a child, so the overactive imagination didn't help! I still would like to see a tornado someday, but only from a safe distance, of course!

 
At January 19, 2007 6:54 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Oh my! That poor baby - not to mention the loss for the parents! That's really horrible. I am happy, however, that all are well in Mausiland.

The storm luckily didn't hit the Basel area as bad as some parts of Germany. This weather is becoming scarier by the year. Remember Lothar? It sends shivers up my spine.

 
At January 19, 2007 9:58 PM, Anonymous Maribeth said...

I lived in Florida for 6 years and finally told Hubby we had to move back to New Hampshire. I was a wreck every year during hurricane season.

 
At January 20, 2007 2:23 AM, Anonymous lillian said...

Glad u are all safe ! What horrible news!

 
At January 20, 2007 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I empathize with your feelings about wind - especially after the last couple hurricane seasons here in Florida. Glad to hear that you are all safe and sound.

 
At January 21, 2007 3:39 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

wow - I just didn't hear about this until the news now but excuse me as I've been sick again...

glad you are okay but what a storm!

 
At January 21, 2007 5:55 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

I guess I really WAS lucky to make my train to the airport from Hannover on Friday a.m.! By then it was calm and not raining.

So, so sad, though, about all the devastation and deaths.

Loved the perfect video at the end. You sure know how to find them, Christina. :)

 
At January 21, 2007 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so good to hear that you are ok! My mother-in-law reported that they are fine as well, just a ton of water (she lives on a farm) on the fields.

 
At January 22, 2007 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to know you are ok. That video is fierce!
Here in Stonia the storm was quite mild, max 30m /sec. And the western part of the country did not get enirely flooded as it was expected.

 

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