Berlin’s professional fire service has called on six volunteer fire crews to try and help it clear through the chaos caused by storm Xavier.
The German Weather Service issued a weather warning early on Thursday for the north of the country, cautioning that winds could reach hurricane force.
The weather warning is in place for Berlin until 8pm, with wind speeds of up to 120 km/h possible, making Xavier the first hurricane-force storm to hit the capital in several years.
By Thursday afternoon the storm had swept across northern Germany and reached the gates of the capital.
Soon after, S-Bahn services had been brought to a complete stop, with no replacement bus service being offered by Deutsche Bahn.
Within hours the city’s public transport system had been crippled, as dozens of trees had fallen across train and tram lines, while all bus services …