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?