Heavy rain, thunderstorms and even tornadoes: A severe storm has swept across parts of Germany. Deep “Emmelinde” raged in North Rhine-Westphalia in particular, and according to the German Weather Service there were even three tornadoes here.
Thunderstorms, heavy rain, hurricanes, tornadoes: storms have caused severe damage in parts of Germany. The most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia was particularly affected. According to the police, 43 people were injured in Paderborn alone. Some of them heavy, as a police spokesman told the German Press Agency on Saturday morning. The German Weather Service (DWD) confirmed three tornadoes. Accordingly, these hurricanes occurred in Paderborn, Lippstadt and in Lütmarsen, a district of the city of Höxter, in which a trunk-like cloud hose extends from a thundercloud to near the ground.
In the course of Saturday, the thunderstorm should move eastwards over Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, according to DWD information. A few thunderstorms are still to be expected in the south. People in the north-east can expect an alternation of sun and clouds, and it should also be sunny in the south-west, but not as warm as before.
Hut falls over in storm — several injured
Extensive clean-up work is pending, said the police spokesman in Paderborn. The police spokesman described the damage on Friday evening as loose roof tiles, fallen scaffolding and branches that crashed into windows. In Lippstadt, the fire brigade reported a tornado that caused serious damage. There are destroyed roofs and fallen trees throughout the city. In Paderborn there was talk of millions in damage, for example in an industrial area.
In Central Franconia in Bavaria, 14 people, including several children, were injured when a wooden hut collapsed during the storm there. The accident happened on Friday evening in Spalt (Roth district) near the Großer Brombachsee. According to a police spokeswoman, in view of the storm approaching in Bavaria, several vacationers sought shelter in the approximately 85 square meter hut, which then tipped to the side and collapsed.
In Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, there was no major damage despite heavy thunderstorms. Police and rescue workers reported only a few fallen trees, hail damage to cars and flooding of basements. A 38-year-old man died in Rhineland-Palatinate when he suffered an electric shock when entering a flooded basement, which caused him to fall and probably hit his head, the police said. In the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich, five people were injured in a car accident on a rain-soaked country road, including a three-year-old child.
In Thuringia, late on Friday evening, a driver near Dittersdorf in the Saale-Orla district got off the road with his vehicle due to aquaplaning and crashed into a concrete wall, the police said. He and three passengers suffered minor injuries.
In Saxony, the band Rammstein interrupted their concert on Friday evening for half an hour due to a thunderstorm over Leipzig. 45 minutes into the show, people in the arena were asked to leave the stadium interior and seek shelter. After 15 minutes, the fans were allowed back inside.