The Met Office is warning of thunderstorms on August 26, 2022

keel. German Meteorological Service warns of thunderstorms on Friday, August 26, 2022: Locally strong, sometimes strong thunderstorms will develop during Friday, the authority said. Due to the low speed of the storms, heavy rains are expected in a very limited area.

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Other reported side effects are windy gusts and larger hail accumulations. On Saturday night, strong storms then move east.

Localized flooding may occur in connection with heavy rainfall. For example, basements may fill up or underpasses may flood.

First of all, a so-called “preliminary advisory” was issued, severe warnings will likely be issued shortly “due to the small-scale nature of the storm.”

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The severe weather warning for thunderstorms in Schleswig-Holstein is in effect here

Click here to view current warnings on the DWD website.

Current weather over SH:

Send us your photos of storms and thunderstorms here – but please don’t risk taking photos. Don’t use your smartphone while driving!

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These are the potential hazards of level 2 out of 4 storms

During a storm Stage 2 of 4 According to the DWD, the following risks should be anticipated:

  • There may be local lightning – there is a risk of death!
  • Occasionally, trees can be uprooted and roofs damaged. Pay special attention to branches, tiles or falling objects.
  • During the downpour, traffic delays are possible for short periods of time.

These are the potential hazards of a level 3 out of 4 storm

A storm from Level 3 out of 4 classified as a severe storm. There are the following risks:

  • Lightning is life-threatening!
  • Among other things, widespread severe damage to buildings is possible.
  • Trees may be uprooted and tiles, branches or objects may fall.
  • Possible flooding of basements and streets as well as localized flooding of streams and small rivers. Landslides may also occur.

The German Weather Service (DWD) advises: Close all windows and doors, secure external objects and in particular keep a distance from buildings, trees, scaffolding and high voltage lines. Avoid spending time outdoors as much as possible

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Interesting storm links

Click here to read several important tips on how to behave during storms.

Note from me: Dear readers. Time and time again we experience thunderstorm warnings, which ultimately result in relatively little damage. However, we would like to request you to take seriously these warnings, which are not given by us editors but by real weather experts. For example, even if there is a blue sky above your house, lightning might have struck and a branch fell on your way to work.

Time and time again, people get hurt in storms and storms – so when in doubt, we’d rather pass on the experts’ warnings three times too often than once too little. Please take care of yourself and your fellow human beings!

How do storms and lightning form?

When air masses of different temperatures meet, or there are particularly large temperature differences in the atmosphere between the top and bottom, a storm occurs. The warmer it is on the ground, the more intense the storm usually is. The warm, moist air rises, condenses and forms a thunder cloud. An ever-increasing electric voltage field accumulates in the cloud, which is discharged again through a kind of short circuit – lightning. Thunderstorms often occur within minutes and are localized.

How often does it thunder?

According to the DWD, there are about 2,000 storms per hour around the globe, most of them in the tropics. During each storm, lightning flashes approximately 100 times per second. Most lightning discharges between clouds and does not strike the ground. In Germany, lightning strikes more than two million times a year.

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How often are people struck by lightning?

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the chance of being struck by lightning in Germany is very low. On average, about 130 people are injured each year and three to four are killed by lightning. Not all of these are immediately hit. But even if lightning strikes the ground, it can be dangerous. The current then spreads up to 30 meters around the point of impact with the ground.

What exactly happens to the body when lightning strikes?

If you are hit directly, the voltage in your body increases to several 100,000 volts. Possible consequences: Cardiac or respiratory arrest. According to the DWD, about two out of three people struck by lightning survive. However, you will then have to deal with long-term effects for years. Muscle and nerve paralysis, decreased consciousness, high blood pressure, and personality changes may occur.


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