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Germany warned of tornado danger

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Germany warned of tornado danger
Storms over Mainz. Photo: DPA
16:57 CEST+02:00
The German Weather Service (DWD) has cautioned that Germany could experience severe storms – including tornados – as two weather systems collide over the country on Friday.

Eastern and southeastern Germany will likely be hit by heavy thunderstorms, and possibly even twisters when two hot and cold air masses collide to create conditions for so-called supercell storms with high winds, warned DWD meteorologist Andreas Friedrich.

“A cold front is approaching from the west while from Brandenburg to Saxony and all the way to Bavaria temperatures up to 34 degrees Celsius still dominate,” Friedrich said according to the Associated Press.

He said, however, it was impossible to forecast where or when tornados might touch down. “One only knows for sure just a few minutes beforehand. Forecasts are unfortunately very unreliable,” he said.

Bad weather in the southwest

Southern and western Germany was hit by violent weather in early morning hours of Thursday, as heavy rain, lightning and strong winds caused considerable damage in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.

Stormy weather in Metzingen near Reutlingen washed away several paved streets causing more than €1 million in damage after gas and water lines were exposed.

A mudslide near Kaub in Rhineland-Palatinate blocked the train tracks between Koblenz and Wiesbaden. The route is likely to be closed for repairs until Sunday night.

The Hahn airport, which is used by Ryanair, had to shut down temporarily after one terminal was flooded. Three planes had to be diverted to other airports and there were several other delays.

And eleven pregnant cows were killed in southern Baden after the tree they were sheltering under was struck by lightning.

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tl/dpa

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