Storm front expected to sweep across the nation

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22 Jun, 2011 Updated Wed 22 Jun 2011 14:59 CEST
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As towns in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) region of Saxony cleared up on Wednesday after a tornado ripped off roofs and pushed over trees, weather forecasters warned of wild weather in other parts of the country for the evening.

Two women were injured after being hit by flying glass after part of a roof smashed a nearby window in Seiffen, near Dresden, as the twister blew through the town, leaving several trees knocked over, and estimated costs of around €60,000.

“We were lucky in our misfortune and can be happy that it wasn’t worse,” said Heinz Seidler, mayor of Seiffen on Wednesday.

A further estimated €30,000 worth of damage was caused in nearby Blumenau where houses, fences and cars were damaged while two uprooted trees brought down power lines, cutting nearly 30 houses off from the grid.

Meteorologists from the German Weather Service (DWD) did not notice the tornado on Tuesday night, as their monitoring equipment was not sensitive enough to pick up such a localised event.

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However, the DWD did warn that further storms, strong winds and heavy rain as well as even some hail in a few areas should be expected across the country on Wednesday.

Stormy and rainy weather will pull eastwards during Wednesday evening with temperatures in the west and north between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius, and up to 30 degrees in the southeast.

Rainfall in the south will withdraw to areas south of the Danube, while clouds elsewhere will break up, leading to some fog in areas as the air cools down as far as nine degrees.

Thursday will see continued rain south of the Danube, whereas the rest of the country will get showers and some storms, with temperatures reaching a high of 24 degrees, but largely below that level. Further showers should be expected in the north on Thursday evening.

Friday will be changeable with some thick cloud delivering repeated showers and some short storms. Top temperatures will only reach between 15 and 20 degrees, with just 10 to 15 degrees in mountainous areas.

Saturday will start cloudy with some showers, clearing up towards the evening, with top temperatures of the day reaching around 22 degrees.

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2011/06/22 14:59

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