At the weekend, regions that have already been badly hit could be hit again by storms. First security measures have been taken.
Update from July 24th, 3:53 p.m.: In Rhineland-Palatinate, rains have set in again – and evacuations have been offered. According to DWD is with local heavy rain (see previous update) to be expected. From Sunday morning around 6 a.m., the weather situation could worsen.
An evacuation offer has therefore been made to the communities particularly affected, said the civil protection staff. In Schuld, Insul, Dümpelfeld and Bad Neuenahr, people should be able to be brought to an emergency shelter in Leimersdorf by shuttle buses.
“That is then decided by the people themselves,” says director Begona Hermann, because the weather situation is not as bad as it was last week. “But we have a sewage system that is no longer working.” Therefore, the rains would have a different effect than ten days ago.
Volunteers in the Ahr crisis area should leave it as quickly as possible due to the difficult circumstances there. This was announced by the Supervision and Service Directorate (ADD) on Saturday. The reason she named was the heavy rainfall that weekend, the destroyed infrastructure and the unclear traffic situation.
Update from July 24th, 3:15 p.m .: The people in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia have to prepare for new storms after the catastrophic flooding with at least 179 fatalities. As the German Meteorological Service reported on Saturday, storms due to heavy rain are expected to be “locally limited”.
Storm warning in Rhineland-Palatinate: Emergency vehicles and construction machines are stuck in a traffic jam – attacks on THW emergency services
Emergency vehicles from the technical relief organization are currently on their way to the crisis region. Vice-President Sabine Lackner complained about attacks against emergency services on site. “It goes so far that our helpers are insulted. When they are out and about with emergency vehicles, they are thrown with garbage, ”she told RTL / ntv.
The Koblenz police reacted with dismay to the reports that such incidents were not yet known from their area. Instead, the Presidium had to fight with helpers who ensured that all the access roads to the Ahr Valley and the roads in the disaster area were completely overloaded.
Currently, no large construction machines, which are needed for building roads and bridges or for rebuilding the drinking water supply in the disaster area, cannot reach the locations and are stuck in a traffic jam.
Another warning in Rhineland-Palatinate: DWD expects severe thunderstorms in the southwest
First report from July 24th:
Offenbach am Main – After the severe storm and the resulting floods in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the German Weather Service (DWD) is again expecting dangerous weather * in the regions on the border with France and Luxembourg. In a large area that includes the southwest of Rhineland-Palatinate and the entire Saarland, according to the weather service, severe thunderstorms could occur again on Saturday afternoon (July 24th).
Another storm warning in Rhineland-Palatinate: DWD expects storm, hail, heavy rain
The DWD expects gusts of wind that sweep across the country at a speed of around 100 kilometers per hour. In addition, hail * with grain sizes of three centimeters could occur, while heavy rain with 30 liters per square meter pelts the earth within a short period of time. According to the forecast, the thunderstorms will occur between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.
At this point in time (as of 11.30 a.m.), the message is not yet a specific warning, but initially a preliminary information. Therefore, a relatively large area is potentially affected by strong thunderstorms *. In the further course of the afternoon a more precise delimitation of the affected area should be possible.
Storm warning in Rhineland-Palatinate: disaster control is setting up emergency shelters
The disaster control in Rhineland-Palatinate has already responded to the report. In the flood region, an emergency shelter was set up for the citizens because of the forecast storms *. According to the supervisory and service directorate, information will be provided in possibly affected locations. “The preparations are ongoing. The population is warned again on social media and leaflets are distributed, “said a spokesman for the German press agency Saturday morning.
According to the spokesman, there is no acute flood risk for the Ahr. Nevertheless, increased surface water can be expected in places where parts of the sewer system have been destroyed or blocked. This could lead to a new run of water in cellars locally. According to disaster control, the towns of Schuld, Insul and Dümpelfeld could be more affected by this. In addition, because of clogged inlets in the city of Bad Neuenahr and the local community of Müsch, water could be dammed up in the streets. The DWD also expects severe thunderstorms in southern Bavaria *.
The advance information from the DWD in the wording:
From the late afternoon onwards, some heavy thunderstorms are approaching from France and Luxembourg. Heavy gusts of wind (Bft 10) around 100 km / h must be expected. In addition, there can be hail with grain sizes around 3 cm and heavy rain around 30 l / m² in a short time.
This is an indication of a weather situation with a high potential for severe weather. It should enable the timely preparation of protective measures. Thunderstorms with the side effects mentioned typically occur very locally and usually only hit a few places with full intensity. More precise information on the place, area and time of the event can only be given when the official warnings are issued. Please pay special attention to the other weather forecasts. (Status: 07/24/2021, 11.30 a.m.)
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