In a bit of irony, strong winds caused the temporary evacuation at the HUSUM Wind 2017 Conference & Exhibition on Sept. 13.
Nonetheless, the exhibition halls reopened on Sept. 14 after conference organizers met with local police and fire officials.
“Cyclone Sebastian created a bit of turmoil yesterday, but the evacuation of the halls proceeded in an orderly manner,” notes Peter Becker, managing director of Messe Husum & Congress. “I would like to sincerely thank the visitors and exhibitors, and not least the fire service, for their support – when things get serious, the wind industry sticks together.”
Cyclone Sebastian developed differently than forecast, bringing weather conditions that were unusual, even for windy northern Germany. According to the German Meteorological Service (DWD), wind speeds reached up to 140 km/h. “Today, Husum has, once again, shown that we can cope with wind in any form,” quips Becker.
The conference, which meets every two years, runs through Sept. 15.