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Whirlwinds, rain continue to batter Germany

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Whirlwinds, rain continue to batter Germany
Fire services start repairs on houses damaged in the whirlwind storm on Monday night. Photo: DPA.
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Rain and fierce wind storms have already caused problems across the country so far this week. And the bad weather is set to continue.

A tornado-like storm in Bad Waldsee, Baden-Württemberg, damaged around 50 houses, sending tiles and beams from roofs flying over hundreds of metres on Monday evening, according to police.

Numerous trees were also uprooted and bent over as locals lost power for several hours. No one was injured, though, police reported. The cost of repairs is expected to rise to at least several hundred thousand euros.

Photo: DPA.

Meanwhile up north in Hamburg, heavy rains caused the Autobahn 7 to be shut down for hours between Monday night and early Tuesday morning, local media reported.

The storms had whisked construction site materials into the streets, preventing drivers from moving forward, according to the Hamburger Morgenpost.

But the road was cleared before the start of rush hour on Tuesday morning for commuters,

The German weather service DWD warned people to “stay alert” on Monday evening, saying that storms, strong winds and heavy rains are expected to spread further across the country.

Wednesday is also predicted to bring heavy rain throughout Germany, though the south and southeast may be more likely to see the sun, DWD reported.

Prediction for Wednesday evening.

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