Xynthia was not a Lothar or a Kyrill

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The intense low-pressure system that caused the hurricane Xynthia last weekend did not bring a lot of damages to the forests of France and Germany. According to the French forestry administration ONF the impacts of the storm seen in the South-West and in Lorraine were much minor than created by the former storms Lothar or Kyrill. Reports from other regions were not received yet.

In the North of the department of Meuse (Lorraine) the storm blew at speeds of 120 to 130 km/h. Here 20,000 to 30,000 cubic meters of storm-fallen timber are expected. The next three days will bring more detailed information.

In Germany the storm mostly raged in Rhineland-Palatinate. There wind speeds of 166 km/h were measured. The state-owned forestry administrations of the west part of Germany are going to publish first damage reports on Tuesday. For the federal state Baden-Württemberg, where the damage requests are already finished, no comprehensive damages were reported. In Bavaria the state-owned forestry operation BaySF estimates an amount of 20,000 cubic meters storm-fallen timber in North- and Northwest-Bavaria.

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