After the hottest day of the year so far, severe storms swept across Austria in the evening hours on Tuesday. Roofs were covered and basements flooded. Several streets had to be closed. The local fire departments were in major use. Hail caused damage in the millions in agriculture.
In the Tyrolean Zillertal, a tree fell on two carports and a dog kennel in Ramsau, and a tree also fell on the roof of the neighboring house.
Almost 200 storm operations in the central region of Lower Austria
The district of St. Pölten was particularly hard hit in Lower Austria. Heavy gusts of wind and intense rainfall resulted in almost 200 deployments of 50 fire departments in the central area, a spokesman said.
Until well after midnight, flooded cellars had to be pumped out, roads clogged up after landslides had to be cleaned and dozens of fallen trees that had crashed on electricity and telephone lines, but also on rails on railway lines, had to be cleared. Roof tiles from houses had also come off.
There was excitement for a short time after an emergency call from St. Pölten-Viehofen. According to a caller, a tree had fallen on a car and inmates were trapped. “Fortunately, a hoax,” said a spokesman. The car was empty, but was badly damaged. Two lightning strikes in transformer systems, the resulting small fires were quickly extinguished by the fire department. Nobody was injured in the numerous operations.
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The FF St. Pölten-St. Georgen reported that 60 to 80 liters per square meter had dropped within a very short time. “These masses of water pushed the canal system to its limits.” Basements, including those in an industrial company, were flooded as was a horse farm.
All other regions in Lower Austria were more or less spared from the storm front. Only the Tulln district was still touched by the foothills, according to the fire service. 15 trees fell.
Damage in the millions in Upper Austria
In Upper Austria alone, the storms in agriculture have caused millions of euros in damage. According to initial hail insurance surveys, damage of around EUR 2.5 million may have occurred there. The districts of Braunau am Inn, Ried im Innkreis and Vöcklabruck were particularly affected.
Lightning strikes a residential building in Vorarlberg
Severe weather with heavy rain and hailstorms made 15 fire service operations necessary in Vorarlberg. In most of the cases, underwater basements had to be pumped out, the APA asked the emergency and fire service control center in Feldkirch. A lightning strike in a family home in Altach (district Feldkirch) went off lightly. Nobody got hurt.
About half of the missions were concentrated in the Hohenems-Altach-Götzis region. According to the police, the building struck by lightning produced a lot of smoke, but the fire department was able to prevent the house from catching fire. There was only minor damage to property, it said. In Hohenems and Altach too, roads were flooded or relocated by fallen trees.
Almost 200 storm operations in Vienna
In the federal capital of Vienna, the severe storms have led to numerous fire service operations. “It went pretty well last night”: Gerald Schimpf, spokesman for the Vienna Fire Department, summarized on Wednesday the missions that were necessary on Tuesday evening and during the night on Wednesday due to the storm over the city. Almost 200 missions were completed, which were assigned to the thunderstorms. Almost a quarter of these affected the district of Döbling.
“From 8:30 p.m. onwards, we had increased operational readiness,” said Schimpf. “There were some additional vehicles on duty.” In addition to Döbling, the districts of Penzing, Ottakring, Hernals and Brigittenau were hardest hit. In Döbling the area of Krottenbachstrasse and the surrounding area was particularly hard hit.
Most of the missions were “typical of a storm”: fallen trees, water entering through roofs, or rooms to be pumped out. “Fortunately, there were hardly any deployments that put people at risk,” emphasized Schimpf. The work was completed by 6 a.m.
The heat on Tuesday had already increased the workload of the fire brigade. There have been several CO incidents. “Fortunately, everything turned out lightly,” said Schimpf.
Severe weather after the hottest day of the year
Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far. 37.2 degrees were measured at the ZAMG weather station Vienna Inner City. Behind it were Innsbruck University, Hohenau an der March (Lower Austria) and Vienna Donaufeld with 36.3 degrees. The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics reported that more than 30 degrees were measured at around 200 of the ZAMG’s 280 weather stations.