Oldenburg / Dortmund / Hamburg (dpa) - The storm "Klaus" swept across the north and northwest of Germany and caused numerous disruptions in rail traffic.

Several routes were affected on Thursday evening, two of which were blocked, as the railway announced.

There were train cancellations and delays.

Nothing at all went on Thursday evening on the routes between Dortmund and Münster (objects in the overhead line) and between Oldenburg and Leer (overhead line fault).

The latter blockage will also affect IC long-distance traffic on the route from Norddeich Mole via Emden, Bremen and Hanover to Dresden - probably by Friday morning.

Regional express 1 between Hanover and Leer is also affected.

There is a replacement bus service here.

A fallen tree also stopped a regional train between Bremen-Burg and -Vegesack.

All passengers were uninjured.

Because of the damage to the overhead line, regional traffic is interrupted until Friday.


According to the railway, there were also impairments on seven lines in regional traffic in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

Reasons here were trees or objects on the tracks and overhead lines or switch faults.

Here there are delays of up to an hour, an emergency bus service cannot be guaranteed due to the weather conditions.

In Krefeld, the fire brigade had to clear a tree from an overhead tram line.

Between Troisdorf and Bonn-Beuel, too, an overhead line disruption impaired train traffic.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the storm "Klaus" was felt most strongly in the German Bight, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein.

In Schleswig-Holstein there were gusts of up to 110 kilometers per hour, in exposed places such as the lighthouse Kiel (128 kilometers per hour) and the Brocken in the Harz Mountains (134 kilometers per hour) the wind was therefore even more violent.

The fire brigade had to take care of numerous fallen trees and loose parts of the building.


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