“Ignatz” is the name of the first strong autumn storm this year. Its foothills will also be noticeable in northern Salzburg in the late morning.
The storm “Ignatz” began its march across Germany on Thursday night. The first strong autumn storm of the year brought strong gusts in many places in Germany, sometimes also thunderstorms and rain. In the course of Thursday, the German Weather Service (DWD) expects heavy gusts of wind and sometimes hurricane-like gusts in a strip across the middle to the east and north-east of Germany.
These could reach up to 105 kilometers per hour. In the mountains there can even be hurricane gusts of up to 120 kilometers per hour. “Short-lived tornadoes” are not excluded, it said.
It shouldn’t get that bad in the state of Salzburg. Josef Haslhofer from the ZAMG office in Salzburg-Freisaal nevertheless expected wind peaks of up to 60 km / h in Flachgau, and in the city of Salzburg the gusts could reach 50 km / h. “Ignatz” will be much more noticeable in Upper and Lower Austria at 70 km / h.
On Thursday morning, the foehn in the mountains was an issue in connection with wind in the state of Salzburg. There were three-digit readings on the Rudolfshütte (2315 meters / 123 km / h) in the Uttendorfer Stubachtal and on the Rauriser Sonnblick (3105 meters / 103 km / h). And in Bad Gastein, which is more than 1000 meters high, the sensors recorded gusts of up to 79 km / h. The foehn should collapse early Thursday morning and give way to a cold front.
Snow line is falling
Switzerland is also affected by winds. On the Jura heights, the storm is already raging at hurricane strength with up to 130 kilometers per hour, as SRF Meteo writes on Twitter. MeteoSwiss also expects the cold front to advance on the north side of the Alps with strong winds. In the Central Plateau, wind peaks of 70 to 90 degrees are to be expected. The snow line will drop below 2,000 meters.
In Germany there were initially no major damage reports; Occasionally the wind tore up trees, but nothing worse happened, according to Thuringia and Baden-Württemberg. In Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony, a man was hit by a falling branch on Wednesday evening, but was only slightly injured, the police said.
Deutsche Bahn reported the first disruptions. During the night a freight train collided with a branch in Bad Godesberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, and long-distance traffic between Cologne and Koblenz was impaired in the morning. As a spokesman for the railway announced, the branch fell on the track due to the storm.