The human toll of yesterday’s storm is still uncertain as of this morning.
Zealand police report that a man died this morning near Holbæk after driving into a tree that had fallen during last night’s storm. According to Midt- og Vestsjællands Politi, the man was driving on Grevingevej in Gislinge when he struck a tree and was ejected from his vehicle. A tree branch went through his chest and police believe he died immediately.
Police have identified the victim and are in the process of informing his family.
The accident marks the second death from the storm. A 21-year-old Gilleleje man was killed yesterday evening when a roof collapsed on top of him while he was outside taking photos.
This morning, a 32-year-old woman remains in a critical condition after being struck by falling debris in Brøndy. According to Ritzau, the woman was standing on a balcony when she was struck by part of a tree that flew off the building’s roof. The woman is in the A&E of Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, where she is being treated for serious injuries.
“There was a massive loss of blood,” Kim Svenningsen of Købehavns Vestegns Politi told Ritzau. “She was struck in the chest.”
In the Copenhagen area, 35 individuals were treated at area hospitals for injuries sustained during the storm. Between the hours of 3:30pm and 7pm, approximately 650 emergency calls were phoned in. According to the fire department, around 170 emergency calls are made on a normal evening. The fire department went out on calls around 100 times in Greater Copenhagen.
In western and central Jutland, concerned residents phoned in over 1,000 emergency calls, but police said that there were no major injuries.
In southern Jutland, one woman was trapped under a fallen roof and a 32-year-old man sustained minor injuries after driving into a tree.
On the island of Funen, the police reported that a total of eight were injured, including three who were seriously injured and taken into intensive care. All three are no longer in a critical condition.
The island of Bornholm, which was the last part of Denmark to have the storm warning lifted, got off relatively easy. There are reports of fallen trees but no injuries to any of its residents.
Police throughout Denmark are urging caution today as fallen debris can still pose safety risks.
NOTE: This story was updated at 9:49am following the report of the death in Gislinge