A violent storm passed over Cologne on Sunday night. Shortly after midnight, lightning, thunder and, above all, heavy rain set in. The German Weather Service had warned in advance.
An increased number of emergency calls were then received in the control center of the Cologne fire brigade. A total of 244 weather-related missions were managed by Sunday morning, the fire brigade confirmed to the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”.
Cologne boroughs on the left bank of the Rhine particularly affected
The districts of Lindenthal, Ehrenfeld, Nippes and Chorweiler on the left bank of the Rhine were particularly affected. Nothing was known about major damage on Sunday morning. Most of the emergency calls concerned water damage caused by sewer backwater.
The massive thunderstorm front did not spare the Cologne area. In the Rhein-Sieg district, state road 143 has been badly damaged, and numerous trees have fallen in Wipperfürth. The situation in Lindlar was similar.
The Cologne transport company is also struggling with storm damage. The KVB stop Geldernstrasse in Cologne-Nippes has been completely flooded. Line 13 is interrupted, replacement buses are in use. In Frechen, a fallen tree damaged the contact line on line 7.
In addition to the KVB, the storm damage also affects Deutsche Bahn. Trees fell on rails on several routes in North Rhine-Westphalia, for example on the RB25 line to Gummersbach. Travelers should therefore find out in advance whether their route is free.
The next storm front is rolling towards Cologne
In addition to the units of the professional fire brigade, all fire fighting groups of the volunteer fire brigade were on duty until the early hours of the Sunday morning to repair the damage. And the next storm front is already on the march.
In Cologne it remains cloudy and dry with temperatures of 27 to 31 degrees. In the evening the next thunderstorm is approaching from the south. Again, hurricane-like gusts, heavy rain and hail can be expected.
Even on Monday night it remains very cloudy, showers and sometimes thunderstorm-like, thunderstorm heavy rain pull through the Rhineland from the south and it cools down to 18 to 15 degrees. (mbr)