The X-storm: Xaver hits North Germany

Xaver, the disastrous winter storm has already killed one man in Scotland and is about to hit the German coast. In the Netherlands, they have closed the massive flood barriers protecting the harbours of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Hamburg has closed its airport. In Bremerhaven, they sent a brand new cruise liner, which currently going through its final equipping and furnishing, out to sea, where ironically it will be safer than at the pier. There have been accidents of storms smashing docked ships against the pier before and with a brand-new cruise liner that would be a pricey accident.

Schools and Christmas markets are closed throughout North Germany and many universities are closing as well. Vechta is still open with the decision whether to cancel handed over to the professors. I’m very glad I don’t have to teach today.

Photos and videos of the storm can be found here, here, here and here. Check out the photos of the storm battering Blackpool’s piers and beach promenade.

Here are some photos and live webcams from Bremen and Bremerhaven. Check out the sandbags and the shuttered Christmas market.

Here in Bremen it’s grey and raining and the storm is battering the trees. But we are about eighty kilometers inland, so the main flood danger is the river Weser. And I have quite far from the river and on a little rise, so flooding won’t be a problem here. I’m more worried about roof damage, to be honest. And I’m a bit worried about my Dad who is in Bremerhaven at a shipyard today, though shipyard personnel usually know when it’s time to evacuate.

Here are some photos I just took out of my windows:

Storm Xaver in Stuhr

Outside it’s grey and rainy, but there is a lull in the storm.

Storm Xaver in Stuhr

The birch tree across the road is battered by the storm.

Storm Xaver in Stuhr

The oak tree next to the house has lost most of its leaves. And it normally doesn’t shed its leaves until spring.

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7 Responses to The X-storm: Xaver hits North Germany

  1. Batten down the hatches, Cora. That’s one hell of a storm at winds of 228 KPH!

    • Cora says:

      Thanks for your concern. The highest wind speed measured today was 185 km/h on the island of Sylt off the German coast. Luckily, it’s not quite as bad further inland.

  2. Estara says:

    Be safe, you and yours!

  3. Sherwood Smith says:

    Thanks for the links–I hope everyone comes through okay!

    • Cora says:

      Thankfully, no casualties in Germany so far, though two dead in Britain and one in Denmark. Plus, the worst flooding is yet to come.

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