BERLIN, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Following heavy storms in northern Germany Tuesday evening, train cancellations and delays were still testing the patience of thousands of commuters in Germany on Wednesday.
According to Deutsche Bahn (DB), there were still "restrictions due to storm effects in northern Germany." Because of extensive damage to overhead lines and uprooted trees there were still "no long-distance trains between Hannover and Bremen."
Since the weather situation relaxed on Wednesday, the connection between Hannover and Hamburg, which is heavily used by German commuters, was open on a single-track again but many trains in northern Germany are still canceled or delayed.
On Tuesday, storm Ignaz brought high precipitation and heavy gusts as it moved across Germany from the northwest, bringing train operations to a standstill in many parts of northern Germany.
Fallen trees and parts of roofs blocked tracks for hours, so passengers had to change trains, wait for hours until the tracks were cleared and re-opened, or, in some cases, even had to be evacuated because of inundations.
DB designed two inter-city express (ICE) trains where passengers stranded in Hannover could spend the night.