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Tornado causes several injuries and massive damage in western Germany

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Published on: 05/21/2022 – 08:46 A tornado hit the town of Paderborn in western Germany on Friday, injuring nearly 40 people and causing extensive damage. This rare phenomenon took place as bad weather affected the whole country after several days of abnormally high temperatures for the season. A tornado injured nearly 40 people, “including ten seriously”, and caused “tremendous damage” as it crossed the center of Paderborn, a city in western Germany, on Friday May 20, local police said. “Thirty-eight injured, some seriously, were taken to hospital,” the city’s firefighters said on their twitter account. A person “is in mortal danger”, for his part specified the local police. Bad weather after a heat wave This rare and localized phenomenon hit this medium-sized town in North Rhine-Westphalia at the end of the afternoon, while that bad weather is affecting the whole country after several days of abnormally high temperatures for the season. fell on the head, announced the police of Koblenz at the same time. In Paderborn, the police estimated at “several million” euros the “damage” caused by the storm which mobilized more than 350 intervention forces. The column of the tornado progressing towards the dwellings, carrying away trees and sections of building, was visible on several photos posted on social networks. 🔴 Germany: injuries and major damage after a tornado hit the cities of Lippstadt and Paderborn (North Rhine-Westphalia) pic.twitter.com/sPXX95XkP7— François Beaudonnet (@beaudonnet) May 20, 2022 The city of Lippstadt , about thirty kilometers away, was also probably hit by a tornado, according to a spokesperson for the firefighters, without any injuries at this stage to be deplored. The steeple of the church in this city was swept away by the violence of the gusts of wind, according to photos published on social networks. The spokesperson reported “roofs torn off, broken windows and many trees uprooted throughout the city”. law enforcement reporting countless uprooted trees. Snapshots posted online also showed overturned cars. In Rhineland-Palatinate, hailstorms five centimeters in diameter were also reported, seriously damaging “several dozen vehicles whose windows were smashed while they were traveling”, indicates the police of Koblenz. This region, with North Rhine Westphalia, had already been very affected last July by torrential rains which had caused floods and cost the lives of more than 180 people. Rail traffic on high-speed trains has been severely disrupted in the west, and police have urged residents to stay at home. To the south, in Nuremberg, Bavaria, regional traffic was also disrupted due to fallen trees on the railway tracks, Deutsche Bahn said. The violence of the storm is linked to the arrival in Germany of particularly hot air from Spain and France, on the one hand, and cold air from the north on the other, explained meteorologist Özden Terli on public television ZDF, who spoke of an “explosive mix”. In mainland France, average temperatures exceeded daily seasonal norms for 38 days on Wednesday, equaling a record set in April-May 2007, according to meteorological services. In Germany, the bar of 30 degrees, sometimes more, was reached on Thursday in several municipalities in the west and south of the country. With AFP

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