Thirty to forty people have been injured in the German city of Paderborn due to severe weather, ten of whom have suffered serious injuries. According to the police, the city was hit by a tornado, which also caused significant property damage. Many roads are impassable and the city parks are closed.
On an industrial park, roofs have blown away and sheet metal and insulation materials have flown through the air for miles. Bus traffic has also been disrupted and the railway line from Paderborn to Altenbeken is blocked.
The police are asking everyone to stay home because traffic hinders emergency services. It would also not be safe in many parts of the city.
Images of the severe weather in Paderborn:
Severe damage has also been reported in nearby Lippstadt. News agency DPA reports that around 120 swimmers were stranded in a recreational pool in Lippstadt because fallen trees blocked the entrance. The fire department was finally able to free them.
Images from Lippstadt:
Yesterday, severe thunderstorms swept across the west of Germany, but the damage proved to be less significant than feared. The north of the country faced a severe storm. The fire brigade often had to go out in Lower Saxony as a result of thunderstorms and gusts of wind.
The German weather service expects thunderstorms in southern Germany for Saturday night. In the northeast, thunderstorms with stormy gusts of wind can still occur on Saturday, which decrease in the afternoon.