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Ping pong ball hail hits the southwest

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Ping pong ball hail hits the southwest
Photo: DPA
09:24 CEST+02:00
Summer storms shook southern Germany on Sunday, ripping up trees and spitting out hailstones the size of table-tennis balls. The storms pushed east overnight and will be sticking around a while longer.

In parts of the Franken area of Bavaria wind and rain were so strong that they ripped up trees. Loose branches blocked roads and caused disruptions, a spokesman from the Nuremberg police said on Monday morning.

Stuttgart saw clouds gather suddenly over the city, before a powerful storm hit – sending hail the size of ping-pong balls down to the ground and people on the streets running for cover.

After this came intense rain, which saw torrents of water running down Stuttgart's streets, and piles of hail gathering on window ledges.

At one hospital in Reutling, hail shattered 50 windows, officials from the town confirmed on Sunday evening. The police received 470 emergency phone calls and numerous people were injured, one even by a falling roof tile.

In Baden-Würrtemberg, national weather service the DWD has lifted the extreme weather warning. In Bavaria, parts are still on red alert for Monday.

Storms began moving towards the east as night arrived, hitting the state of Thüringia which seemingly got off lightly. “We have been lucky – no weather related accidents, damages and fires have been recorded,” said the state's interior ministry.

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