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Severe weather in Germany: three tornadoes and dozens injured


The severe storms have left devastation in North Rhine-Westphalia in particular. 43 people were injured in Paderborn and one man died in the Westerwald. The German Weather Service speaks of at least three tornadoes.

After the severe storms on Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) confirmed three suspected tornado cases. Tornadoes have occurred in Paderborn, Lippstadt and in the Lütmarsen district of the city of Höxter.

In the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, the tornadoes left dozens injured and millions in damage. There were also severe storms in other parts of the country. A 38-year-old died in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Heavy damage after storm “Emmelinde” in North Rhine-Westphalia

Caroline Imlau, WDR, daily news at 8:00 p.m., May 21, 2022

Occurred only on a small scale

The tornadoes formed in connection with particularly strong thunderstorms and only occurred in small areas, explained a DWD spokesman. So far there is no information on the wind speeds.

In addition to the three confirmed tornadoes, there were apparently other suspected cases in Ratingen near Düsseldorf and in Sauerland. However, these still have to be checked.

Paderborn most affected

According to the DWD spokesman, within a short time there was precipitation of 30 to 40 liters per square meter on Friday. There was also hail in some places. Overall, the thunderstorms passed quickly.

Paderborn was hardest hit by the storm on Friday. There were 43 injured, ten of them seriously. 30 of them are still being treated in the hospital, ten of them are seriously injured, the local police said. A woman who was in mortal danger was transferred to a clinic in Bielefeld in the evening.

No injuries in Lippstadt

The clean-up work in Paderborn continues. The police said the fire brigade, the Technical Relief Agency (THW) and other helpers were involved. The police presence has also been significantly increased. A police spokesman said there was major damage to the building in an industrial area.

Apparently there were no injuries in Lippstadt. The police had no reports of injuries, a spokesman said. The clean-up work continued. Areas in the city center are cordoned off for safety’s sake.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst and Interior Minister Herbert Reul got an idea of ​​the situation on site in both cities. After his visit, he announced that the state government would examine aid in the next few days. A lot will be insured. “And where there is a need, we will examine exactly how we can help,” he said. There is also damage to public infrastructure. The work would certainly take days and weeks.

A dead man in the Westerwald

The storm depression also raged in Rhineland-Palatinate. According to the police in Koblenz, a 38-year-old suffered an electric shock in Wittgert in the Westerwald on Friday evening in a friend’s basement, which was flooded after a heavy thunderstorm. The man fell after being electrocuted and probably hit his head. Police say attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful.

According to the police, in Andernach and Neuwied there was “extreme” hail with hailstones with a diameter of around five centimeters. Several dozen cars were badly damaged. Some of the windows of moving cars were smashed, the police said. Several roads in the Koblenz region were closed for hours due to fallen trees. Several cars also remained in flooded underpasses.

Oliver Köhler, WDR, on Prime Minister Wüst’s visit to Paderborn

tagesschau24 5:00 p.m., 21.5.2022

Hut collapsed in Middle Franconia

In the Middle Franconian district of Roth, a wooden hut collapsed, in which some people had apparently sought shelter from the storm. 14 people were injured, most of them slightly, according to the police headquarters in Middle Franconia.

A child and a 37-year-old woman had to be taken to the hospital by the rescue helicopter with serious injuries. The cause of the collapse of the hut in Enderndorf am See was still being investigated.

Almost 400 firefighting operations

Overall, the storm in Middle Franconia triggered almost 400 fire service deployments in Nuremberg, Fürth and Erlangen as well as in the districts of Nürnberger Land, Fürth and Erlangen-Höchstadt. The fire brigade came mainly because of flooded basements, uprooted trees and damaged house roofs, as they announced early Saturday morning.

The railway line was closed between Neuhaus and Hersbruck because trees blocked the tracks. Trees fell into a power line in Nuremberg-Wetzendorf. The troubleshooter then shut down the line to remove the tree. people were not injured.

Danijel Stanic, HR, on the formation of supercells and tornadoes

tagesschau24 10:00 a.m., 21.5.2022