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Injuries at wedding as more storms hit Germany

Eight people were injured after a falling branch from a tree crashed onto guests at a wedding party during stormy weather in Germany.

Injuries at wedding as more storms hit Germany
A fallen tree in Brandenburg during Wednesday's storms. Photo: DPA

Around 100 guests had gathered at the outdoor wedding in Blankensee, near Neubrandenburg in southern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, on Wednesday when the incident happened, police said.

Due to high winds, a large branch broke off from a tree around 8.30pm and fell from a height of four metres onto the group.

Three women and four men suffered serious injuries, while another man was slightly injured.

The guests had been attending a wedding in the centre of Blankensee, in the northern German state. Emergency services attended the scene and those who were injured were taken to surrounding hospitals.

READ ALSO: Travel chaos after thunderstorms and rain lash eastern Germany

Storm causes disruption

Meanwhile in the city of Oranienburg in Brandenburg, 11 people suffered minor injuries after the top part of a tree broke off and hit them.

It came as severe storms hit eastern and northern parts of Germany. Due to the heavy rainfall, many streets were flooded and hurricane-like gusts of wind uprooted trees.

In Berlin alone, emergency services were called out on more than 200 operations in just two hours, from about 6-8pm on Wednesday. Due to the heavy rainfall, many streets were flooded and hurricane-like gusts of wind uprooted trees.

A cyclist braves the rain during storms in Berlin. Photo: DPA

A lightning strike in the Tempelhof area damaged the whole Ringbahn network, leaving passengers stranded.

Operator Deutsche Bahn confirmed that due to “damage to the infrastructure” all long-distance connections in the Berlin city area were temporarily suspended. Technicians were on duty to inspect the damage.

The disruption lasted about two hours but delays continued into the night.

Meanwhile, there were reports of boats capsizing on the Wannsee lake in the west of the city.

In the city of Dresden, revellers heading to a Rammstein gig were affected. The Rudolf Harbig Stadium had to be cleared of water because of the rain. Fans had to leave the venue, but were allowed to return after an hour.

The start of the concert was delayed.

A series of summer storms have been lashing the country recently. In Munich on Monday, giant hailstones injured people and damaged cars and homes. The weather has also been causing severe disruption to the transport network.

SEE ALSO: IN PICTURES – Giant hailstones hit Munich as storms continue across Germany

Calmer day on Thursday

Forecasters say the weather is expected to be calmer on Thursday. A meteorologist at the German Weather Service (DWD) said the risk of storms was much lower than on Wednesday.

Lightning in Treplin, Brandenburg on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

But there's still a chance of isolated thunderstorms and torrential rain in areas such as the Black Forest as well as in Thuringia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

All in all, it will be a bit cooler in Germany on Thursday. Temperatures on Wednesday had reached 34C in some places before the storm hit.

According to the DWD, the highest temperatures – around 26-28C – were likely in places such as Berlin. Bavaria and areas along the Danube, could also experience similar highs.

In the west it will be much cooler, with temperatures of around 14C in Saarbruken and 17C in Bremen.

Vocabulary

Wedding party (die) Hochzeitsgesellschaft

Branch – (der) Ast

Long distance trains- (die) Fernzüge

Thunderstorm – (das) Gewitter

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Tornado in western Germany injures dozens

Almost 40 people were injured, several seriously, on Friday in a suspected tornado which hit the western German city of Paderborn, the police and fire brigade said.

Tornado in western Germany injures dozens

A police spokesman said the tornado also caused significant damage in the city in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, following abnormally high temperatures for the time of year.

The city’s fire department said on Twitter that “38 injured people, including some gravely” had been taken to hospital. The police said one person was fighting for their life.

Paderborn, fire service added, “Please do not drive to Paderborn on your own without prior agreement of help. If necessary, further units of the fire brigade will be alerted and called in.”

In neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate state, a 38-year-old man died after he was electrocuted when he entered his flooded basement and fell on his head, the police in the city of Koblenz said.

Railway travel was disrupted in the west of the country, as police called on people to remain indoors.

In Paderborn, police estimated the damage caused by the tornado at “several million” euros.

The spokesman reported “roofs torn off, windows shattered and numerous trees uprooted throughout the city”.

View of destroyed cars on a street. A tornado caused massive damage in Paderborn and Lippstadt on Friday 20th May 2022.

View of destroyed cars on a street after a tornado caused massive damage in Paderborn and Lippstadt on Friday 20th May 2022. Photo: Picture Alliance/Dpa/Friso Gentsch
 

Images posted on social media showed the tornado column progressing towards homes, sweeping away trees and building sections. Other pictures from the wider region showed cars that had been upturned.

The town of Lippstadt, about 30 kilometres away (18 miles), was also probably hit by a tornado, a fire department spokesperson said, though no injuries had been recorded. The steeple of the church in Lippstadt had been destroyed by the high winds.

People stand in front of the St. Clemens Catholic Church in Hellinghausen near Lippstadt, the top of which was destroyed. A suspected tornado caused massive damage in Lippstadt on Friday 21st May 2022. Photo: Picture alliance/DPA/Friso Gentsch
 

German meteorological services had put out a storm warning for Friday and predicted gales of up to 130 km/h (80 miles/h) in some places.

The bad weather first hit the west of the country and was set to travel eastwards.
  

 
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