Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Tornado hits West German city; dozens injured

BERLIN ( Associated Press) – A tornado hit the western German city of Paderborn on Friday, injuring dozens of people as it blew down roofs, felled trees and sent miles of flying debris, officials said.

Meteorologists had warned that heavy rain and hail were expected in western and central Germany on Friday, with winds up to 130 kilometers per hour (81 mph). Thursday’s storm had already disrupted traffic, uprooted trees on railway tracks and roads, and flooded hundreds of basements in West Germany.

Paderborn police said 43 people were injured in the storm that hit the city. Thirty were undergoing treatment in hospitals and 10 of them were seriously injured.

Police said a woman’s life was in danger.

He urged people to stay in their homes so as not to hamper the rescue efforts or put themselves in danger.

Damage from the heavy storm was also reported in the nearby town of Lipstadt. The minaret of a church in the town was toppled and the German news agency DPA reported that more than 100 people were temporarily trapped in a local open-air pool as trees fell.

The regional fire service said all available rescue workers were being deployed to the area.

Authorities in Bavaria said 14 people were injured on Friday when a wooden hut collapsed during a storm in Lake Braunbach, south of Nuremberg. The injured also included several children and a 37-year-old woman, who was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.

Two French nationals were killed after being hit by a gust of wind shortly after taking off on Thursday from an airfield in Ballendaed, 175 kilometers (109 miles) southwest of Berlin, police said. Police in the state of Saxony-Anhalt said both the 59-year-old pair were urged to disembark because of a sudden change in weather forecast.

Police said that soon after the warning, “they seem to have been hit by a gust of wind, which caused the paraglider to fall, and the aerial vehicle crashed onto a field from a height of about 40 meters (131 ft),” the police said. Police said.

Schools in the western city of Cologne closed before noon on Friday to give students time to get home safely before the storm struck.

All schools in the south of Ahrweiler County were closed on Friday. Last summer, the region was hit by flash floods in July that killed more than 130 people.


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