Germany is preparing to face a violent winter storm, which may well be the worst storm the north has seen since the 1960′s. This could result huge waves and wind speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour.
Meteorologist Thomas Ruppert from state weather service DWD said thursday morning would see wind up to force 12 on the coast – the same level as a hurricane – and further inland around force 10 or 11. This will be followed by freezing snow showers and coastal inlet water levels around 2.5 metres higher than normal. This bad weather will travel eastwards and inland, but lose power as it goes.Coastal areas are at risk of flooding.
Head of coast protection Dietmar Wienholdt said, “Storm tides would be a concern for sandy coasts, the dykes are winter-ready, they will stand a storm tide like 1962 or 1976.”
The south of the country will also experience gale-force blasts, mainly in the mountains, though this will not be as bad as in the north, which will have to wait until Friday for the wild weather to calm down