The fire brigades drove thousands of operations, music festivals had to be interrupted: severe storms raged in Poland and parts of the Czech Republic.

Heavy storms and regional hail caused damage in Poland and the Czech Republic on Saturday night.

In the Polish region of Pomerania, seven people were injured, including two firefighters, the PAP news agency reported based on information from the fire department. On a country road in the Chojnice district, a tree fell on a car containing five people, including two children.

Throughout Poland, the fire brigades had to deploy 3,700 times within 24 hours until Saturday morning. Mostly it was about fallen trees, damaged house roofs and two fires caused by lightning. In the town of Slupsk, near the Baltic Sea coast of Pomerania, a historic church spire broke off and damaged the church roof.

Around 125,000 households were temporarily without electricity in Poland and 1,200 in the Czech Republic, according to the local fire brigades of the CTK news agency. In both Poland and the Czech Republic, large open-air festivals had to be interrupted and the fire brigade brought the guests to safety.