The piglets died after fork lightning struck the Feldkirchen pig sty in Bavaria setting it on fire. In Regensburg lightning hit an apartment block and in Oberisling a tree hit a power line, causing sparks to fly.
In the upper Pflaz region in Bavaria, emergency services received 130 calls related to the weather. In Königstein a driver had to swerve violently to dodge a fallen tree in the road, damaging the vehicle. On the A3 motorway a Porsche hit the crash barrier – the driver was not hurt but the car was badly damaged.
Despite huge storms hitting the Erzgbirge and Chemnitz area of the eastern state of Saxony, a police spokesman said the region had escaped serious damage. A lightning bolt hit a home in Chemnitz, but the family were not in.
Emergency services had their work cut out in Berlin, where they were called out 247 times before 1am. “It was a colourful mix,” a fire service spokesman said, referring to the nature of the calls. “Flooded cellars needed to be pumped, fallen trees cleared and roads drained.” He added that there were no injuries.