Baden-Württemberg storm flooding kills 3

At least three people are dead and several injured after severe weather overnight in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, police said on Tuesday morning.

Baden-Württemberg storm flooding kills 3
A rescue worker in Hechingen early on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

The town of Hechingen in the Zollernalbkreis district was hit hardest, with at least 10 residents hospitalized for injuries, district administrator Matthias Frankenberg told broadcaster ZDF.

Waterways in Killertal also have “immense damage,” the state’s interior minister Heribert Rech said.

Police in Balingen reported that a woman in Jungingen drowned in her car when it was suddenly overcome with water. Her passenger was at first reported missing, but officials found her body on Tuesday morning.

Another woman drowned in her cellar when it flooded unexpectedly.

In Upper Swabia a semi-truck driver was severely injured after hitting a fallen tree.

Many houses have been damaged by the storm flooding, said Zollernalbkreis regional administrator Günther-Martin Paul. Officials have yet to estimate how many residents will be able to return to their homes.

Streets remain closed after sections washed away in the floods. More than one hundred rescue vehicles and 550 fire department workers are in the area for clean up.


Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

READ ALSO: Germany sees record temperatures

In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.