Four dead as storms rage across Germany

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Four dead as storms rage across Germany
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Violent storms continued across Germany on Saturday, killing four people over the weekend, injuring at least 20 more, damaging roads and bridges, and prompting some evacuations in the face of rising waters.


In Heidenau, near Dresden, a nine-year-old girl was struck by lightning and killed on the grounds of an outdoor swimming pool Friday evening. A 23-year-old driver near Lausnitz was killed when a two-metre-thick tree fell onto his car. And a 47-year-old woman riding her bike near Lüneburg in Lower Saxony also died when a tree fell on her. A fourth victim of the stormy weather was struck by lightning Saturday near the town of Görlitz in Saxony.

Also near Görlitz, several hundred rescue personnel were called in to help lay down sandbags as local waters threatened part of the town of Bernstadt. Several houses had to be evacuated.

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Partygoers in the Bavarian town of Raisting got more than they bargained for on Friday night when a 300-square-metre party tent was lifted off the ground by the stormy weather – with six people inside. Four of the guests were injured, one of them seriously.

Fifteen hikers in the Alpine region of Berchtesgaden area were struck by lightning Friday, injuring all of them, including a 10-year-old boy.

Heavy rains on Saturday afternoon flooded numerous basements and submerged several streets in Brandenburg.

The German Meteorological Service on Sunday forecast more rain and stormy weather in western Germany in the morning, followed by thunderstorms later in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Isolated hailstorms are possible.

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