Tornado hits Germany
BERLIN, Germany – Tornado hits Germany, killing one, wounding 40 Violent storms swept western Germany on Friday, killing at least one man and injuring about 40 people, including 10 seriously, police and local media said, when an apparent hurricane swept through several towns.
Tornado hits western German city
Forecasters warned that heavy rain and hail were expected in western and central Germany on Friday, with producing wind gusts of up to 130 kilometers per hour (81 miles per hour).
Storms on Thursday already disrupted traffic, uprooted trees that had fallen on railroads and roads and inundated hundreds of basements in western Germany.
“Countless roofs have been exposed or damaged. Many trees are still lying on the destroyed cars,” police said.
In the nearby town of Lipstadt, more than 100 people were temporarily trapped in a local outdoor pool after fallen trees prevented the exit.
Pictures on social media showed a clear tornado with its characteristic spinning cyclone spewing debris into the air, although the German weather service did not immediately confirm a tornado.
Severe storm damage was also reported in the nearby town of Lipstadt. A church tower in the city has been toppled and more than 100 people were temporarily trapped in a local outdoor swimming pool after fallen trees blocked the exit, German news agency DPA reported.
The tower of St. Clemens Catholic Church in Hellinghausen had been ripped off the roof of the church and strewn throughout the churchyard.
Firefighters from all over North Rhine-Westphalia have been deployed to cities to assist with the disinfection operations.
Police released pictures showing trees cut in half, as well as windswept brick roofs in Paderborn.
They asked the locals to stay at home. The German Met Office has warned that stormy weather is about to continue.