Torrential rain and high winds continue as storms hit Germany

Heavy rain and extreme winds have been causing chaos across the country – and the bad news is that the wet weather is set to continue.

Torrential rain and high winds continue as storms hit Germany
Hikers battle the weather in Saxony-Anhalt on Monday. Photo: DPA

The storm dubbed ‘Mortimer’ moved away from Germany in the night, but a new weather front has arrived. And it brings it with it heavy rain, thunderstorms and cooler temperatures. 

On Monday, the weather caused severe problems across the country, especially in northern regions. 

A man died near Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt after his car was hit by a falling tree. 

According to police, the man was on a rural road at about 8:30 am when the incident happened. The 41-year-old became trapped in his vehicle and died at the scene.

Emergency services were also deployed in other places due to the weather. In Neuruppin, Brandenburg, a woman became trapped under a fallen tree. A police spokeswoman said on Monday the victim was being treated for their injuries. 

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The stormy weather could be seen in Rostock, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania. Photo: DPA

On the A31 in Emsland, Lower Saxony, high winds overturned a truck. The driver suffered minor injuries in the accident. He had lost control of the vehicle at Wietmarschen-Lohne and the lorry tipped on its side. The Autobahn between the Emsbüren and Lingen junctions was completely closed in both directions.

A car was hit by a tree on a country road near Möckern in Saxony-Anhalt. The vehicle was heavily damaged but the driver remained unharmed, police reported.

There was also a huge disruption to the train network. Train services were cancelled or delayed as rail workers tried to remove fallen trees and branches from tracks. Some knock-on disruption could still take place on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, fire and rescue teams had to save a deer that had fallen into an empty swimming pool in North Rhine-Westphalia during the stormy weather.

The deer had  fallen into the swimming pool and had to be rescued by emergency services. Photo: Fire brigade Ruhr/DPA

On Tuesday, heavy showers, thunderstorms and strong gusts of wind were expected again, with the worst weather in the north and western parts of the country.

The DWD said on Twitter that the new weather front, dubbed Nils, would bring lots of rain, wind and storms to Germany, particularly in the north and west on Tuesday.

In the south sunny spells were forecast but later in the afternoon rain was expected.

As far as temperatures are concerned, Germany is divided: it's cooler in the north and warmer in the south. In Schleswig-Holstein, the maximum temperature is just 8C. But in southern regions, temperatures were set to rise to more than 20C.

The changeable weather is set to continue for the rest of the week, with a mix of showers and cooler temperatures.

There is also a risk of widespread ground frost in the southern half of the country at night.

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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.