Thunderstorms, heavy rain and hurricanes have caused severe damage in parts of Germany. First of all, it hit North Rhine-Westphalia: According to the police, 43 people were injured in the Paderborn area on Friday, at least ten of them seriously. 30 people are still in medical care.
A woman who was in mortal danger was transferred to a clinic in Bielefeld in the evening. A person from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate was electrocuted in a flooded basement and died. In Central Franconia, 14 people were injured when a shelter collapsed.
Three tornadoes confirmed by weather service
The German Weather Service (DWD) received several reports of suspected tornadoes, said a DWD spokesman. On Saturday morning, three of them were confirmed in North Rhine-Westphalia, as “Focus” writes, among other things. There were restrictions on long-distance Deutsche Bahn traffic.
“During a thunderstorm, a tornado on Friday afternoon drew a path of destruction from west to east through the middle of Paderborn in the direction of the eastern parts of the city,” the police said in the early evening. Officials reported millions in damage.
“Strip of Devastation”
After the storm, shocked tenants in Paderborn shoveled tiles from their destroyed roofs into garbage cans in the evening. In an industrial area, roofs were torn off halls and sheet metal and insulation were flown for kilometers, the police reported.
The fire brigade also reported a suspected tornado in Lippstadt, about 35 kilometers away, which had caused serious damage. A fire department spokesman said there were destroyed roofs and fallen trees throughout the city. Windows shattered and cars were destroyed by falling branches.
The German Weather Service expects some severe thunderstorms in the south on Saturday night. Otherwise the thunderstorms should move towards Poland and the weather should calm down from the west. On Saturday there could still be isolated short thunderstorms with stormy gusts in the north-east, which will subside in the afternoon. (SDA/chs)