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Thunderstorms in Frankfurt cause flight cancellations, train delays

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Thunderstorms in Frankfurt cause flight cancellations, train delays
Lightning strikes Frankfurt. Photo: DPA
17:20 CEST+02:00
On Thursday afternoon, thunderstorms and heavy rain in the Frankfurt region were responsible for 148 flight cancellations at Frankfurt Airport, in addition to several delays in train traffic.

Firefighters were furthermore called out on over 80 occasions, mostly for flooded cellars, according to the Frankfurter Neue Presse.

Severe lightning strikes hit Hattersheim, with train traffic completely brought to a halt as a result. In Höchst, trains came to a complete stop after lightning hit a signal box.

By 5 pm, many S-Bahn lines had stopped running or were delayed due to operational issues with a train track at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Passengers were urged to rely on U-Bahn lines rather than the S-Bahn or street trams.

But the extreme weather has not stopped athletes. The JP Morgen Race, which takes place at 7 pm in the city centre, is still taking place, according to organizers.

While the German Weather Service issued a maximum warning of 4, or extreme thunderstorms, at noon, it said that the storms would slowly decrease into the night.

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