The fire brigade briefly proclaims a state of emergency.


On the night of Sunday, heavy thunderstorms swept across the region. In Berlin, the lesbian-gay city festival was broken off in the evening.

Heavy rain, thunderstorms and gusts of wind – Berlin and Brandenburg were hit by a severe storm during the night from Sunday to Sunday. “We declared a state of emergency, but only because several operations took place in parallel between 10 p.m. and 0.30 a.m.,” Stefan Schnelle of the Berlin fire brigade’s Situation Service told the Tagesspiegel: “We had to move out about 60 times in total, which is not much in view of the 1200 operations per day. Most of the damage was caused by fallen trees and branches. In Mahlsdorf, the crown of a fallen tree pressing against the roof of a house had to be removed. Because of the heavy rain some cellars were full, said Schnelle. In Zehlendorf, a roof of a multi-family house protected by a tarpaulin only due to construction work was demolished. The firefighters were able to secure it provisionally, so that the residents did not have to leave their apartments.

Due to the thunderstorms, the lesbian-gay Motzstraßenfest on Nollendorfplatz was ended prematurely. The organizers had decided around 22.15 o’clock for the abort of the program, which took place beside the Motz also in the Eisenacher-, Fugger- and Kalckreuthstrasse.

There were also thunderstorm damages in Brandenburg. “Fortunately, according to previous findings, at least no people lost their lives,” a spokesman for the Lausitz control center told the Tagesspiegel on Sunday morning. Only in the southern districts Elbe-Elster, Oberspreewald-Lausitz, Spree-Neiße, Dahme-Spreewald and in the district free city Cottbus the fire brigade was deployed in the night to 119 missions. “And the comrades are still recovering fallen trees or clearing strong, broken branches from the streets.

In contrast to the usual situation, the storm damage was spread over the entire area. The consequences were also damaged trees, full cellars and devastated gardens and properties. Many roads and some railway lines were obstructed.

For today the German Weather Service does not predict any more storms. Instead, the influence of high pressure is gradually gaining ground. In addition to a few clouds, the sun will often shine from the sky. The maximum temperatures are between 25 and 28 degrees. While heavy clouds still dominate on Monday, sunny and hot summer weather should return again from Wednesday.

“Melt! festival must interrupt programme

There were also numerous storms outside Berlin and Brandenburg. Various outdoor festivals were disturbed or had to be cancelled. In Düsseldorf the Rheinkirmes stopped its operation for hours on Saturday. Heavy rain made the visitors of the music event “Parookaville” in Weeze on the Lower Rhine wet, but the concerts continued on the ten stages until late afternoon without interruption.

The “Melt! festival” in Gräfenhainichen (Saxony-Anhalt) interrupted its programme for almost 25,000 visitors for around two hours. Visitors whose accommodation was damaged were offered replacement tents by the organizer. The fans were sent in shuttle buses during the storm. (with dpa)


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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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