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Storms slam western Germany

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Storms slam western Germany
Hail damage. Photo: DPA
10:25 CEST+02:00
Strong storms in North Rhine-Westphalia and parts of southwestern Germany flooded cellars and caused mudslides on Friday morning.

Tennis-ball sized hail destroyed cars in Krefeld. Police reported that countless car windows and rooftops had been demolished in the city in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

“The area around Düsseldorf was particularly hard hit by hail storms,” said meteorologist Michael Beisenherz from Meteomedia, warning that more bad weather could hit parts of western Germany this afternoon.

Violent winds also hit the state of Hesse in the Rhine-Taunus region, where police said at least 54 trees were uprooted. Some motorists were trapped between fallen trees on the road near Bad Schwalbach and had to be freed by the fire brigade.

The storms flooded streets and cellars in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. The police in Kaiserlautern said a six-kilometre stretch of the Bundesstrasse 424 in Zweibrücken had to be closed due to mudslides.

Heavy rains also unleashed mudslides on the railway near Bullay an der Mosel. But police in Trier reported that the tracks were only “marginally” covered and that trains would soon be able to continue service.

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