Germany, Poland and Czech Republic – Deaths and Damage Caused by Storm Herwart

Severe weather, including strong winds and storm surge, affected parts of central Europe over the weekend 27 to 29 October 2017. Dubbed “Herwart” the storm caused severe damage in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.

Much of the damage caused by strong winds which reached as high as 176 km/h (109 mph) in some areas of Germany. Tree were uprooted and pubic transport severely disrupted. Scaffolding was ripped from a building in Berlin, causing some injuries. Some flooding was reported, mostly in Hamburg, northern Germany, where the Elbe River breached its banks, flooding some areas around the fish market.

At least 16 people were injured, 1 is missing and 7 have died. One of the deaths was the result of flooding near Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany. The victim drowned in a parked camper van that was inundated by flood water from the overflowing Jade Bight late on 28 October. The victim’s brother, also in the van at the time, was rescued by emergency services.

Elsewhere in Germany, 2 people were killed in a boat accident in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. In Poland two people who were killed by falling trees in West Pomerania province and Opolskie province. In Czech Republic, 2 died as a result of wind damage in Trebic and Prague.

Storm Surge

According to a report (pdf) by Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), quoting figures from the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), storm surge reached 2.06 metres above normal in Büsum, 2.60 metres in Bremerhaven, and 3.34 metres in Hamburg St. Pauli.

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 6, 2017
Event
Storm Herwart, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, October 2017
Date
October 27 to October 29, 2017
Type
Storm surge
Cause
Storm surge
Storm Herwart caused some flooding in northern Germany, mostly as a result of storm surge. Wind damage was reported in areas of Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.

Locations

A - Hamburg St. Pauli (Germany)
B - Wilhelmshaven (Germany)
C - Büsum
D - Bremerhaven (Germany)

Magnitude

Storm surge
2.06 metres
Büsum - October 29 to October 29, 2017
storm surge reached 2.06 metres above normal in Büsum, 2.60 metres in Bremerhaven, and 3.34 metres in Hamburg St. Pauli.
Storm surge
2.6 metres
Bremerhaven - October 29 to October 29, 2017
Storm surge
3.34 metres
Hamburg St. Pauli - October 29 to October 29, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Wilhelmshaven - October 29 to October 30, 2017
other fatalities (6) a result of wind damage or were fatalities at sea

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