Federal Office: Storm surge warning for the Baltic Sea


Federal Office issues storm surge warning for the Baltic Sea. The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has announced a storm surge warning for the German Baltic Sea coast. Every year, the various sections of the Baltic Sea coast are hit by numerous storm floods with more than one meter above normal medium water.

Due to the strong wind from the east-northeast with a wind force between seven and eight, the water levels will rise to up to 1.20 meters by Tuesday morning, according to a spokeswoman for the water level forecast and storm surge warning service of the BSH in Rostock. The storm pushed the water mainly into the Bay of Kiel and Lübeck and the coast west of Rügen, the BSH further explained. The following development is therefore heavily dependent on the wind conditions, which are currently influenced by a high-pressure area over Scandinavia and a low over Croatia.

The experts at the BSH assume that the wind will still refresh in the course of the day, but that the air movements will then subside. So the water levels are still rising everywhere, but this will probably only last until tomorrow morning, so that the highest levels expected in the Bay of Kiel will not exceed 1.20 meters. Experts expect a maximum water level of 1.10 meters on the west coast of Rügen. Even if the further development is mainly influenced by the wind, there have so far been no floods or dikes at risk, according to the Kiel Police Department for Water Protection, which is responsible for the Baltic Sea coast.

The water level on the Baltic Sea has been regularly measured since 1872 in order to warn citizens in good time of possible storm surges. 1872 was also the year of the Baltic Sea flood, in which the highest water level in history was measured at 2.43 m mean water level. Hundreds of people lost their lives at the time and over 15,000 were made homeless. (fp, 29.11.2010)

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