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Danish forecaster warns of 'dangerous' two-metre storm surge

Danish forecaster warns of 'dangerous' two-metre storm surge
High waters at Frederikssund on the Roskilde Fjord in the aftermath of Storm Malik in 2022. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark's state forecaster has issued a level three warning for "dangerous" storm surges south of Copenhagen and around the Little Belt strait, with sea levels as much as 2m higher than normal in some places.

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According to the forecaster, sea levels will be between 1.7m and 2m higher than normal between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning in the worst affected area, which stretches from the South Funen Archipelago up into the Little Belt strait between Funen and Jutland. 

The southern suburbs of Copenhagen, such as Avedore, Ishøj, and Brøndby, the south-east Zealand coast, and the coast of Lolland-Falster, will be hit by a less severe storm surge, taking sea levels to between 1.4m and 1.8m higher than normal. 

"The weather situation is very serious, especially because it's going to blow for so long from an easterly direction and it is unusual for it to blow from that direction for so long," Jesper Eriksen, meteorologist on duty at DMI, told public broadcaster DR. "Because we are coming up against a stormy gale, the situation is serious." 

A level-three warning is the most serious in DMI's three-point scale and signifies "very hazardous" weather, with people in affected areas advised to "be prepared that there is a high risk that weather developments may affect you and your surroundings and disrupt the functions of society." 

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The forecaster has also issued level 1 warnings for high winds across eastern and southern Denmark, all the way from Læsø in the Kattegat, down the east coast of Jutland, across northwest and southeast Zealand, Lolland-Falster and the South Funen Archipelago. 

Danish forecaster has issues a level three strom surge warning for the coast of south east Denmark. Photo: DMI

 

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Mario Della Cava 2023/10/19 18:25
Could you, please, let me know how is expected the sea level to rise in Nexo, Bornholm and what mesures have been taken to protect houses in Ndr. Strandvej ?

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