1 dead and dozens injured after 3 tornadoes strike Western Germany

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At least one person was killed and dozens were injured after three tornadoes struck western Germany, local authorities said Saturday, as extreme weather in Europe also threatened the continent elsewhere.

One of the tornadoes left “a picture of horror” on Friday in Paderborn, Germany, the city’s mayor, Michael Dreier, told reporters Saturday. Strong winds and torrential rains ripped apart buildings and caused floodwaters to rise. At least 43 people were injured in the storm, some seriously, a statement from the city’s police said.

“An unspeakable tornado raged over Paderborn and destroyed parts of the city very badly,” Dreier said. He said trees had been snapped like matchsticks and residential buildings left uninhabitable.

Two trucks overturned after a storm in Paderborn, Germany, Friday, May 20, 2022. A tornado swept through the western German city of Paderborn on Friday, injuring at least 30 people as it blew away roofs, toppled trees and sent debris flying for miles, authorities said. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP) 

In Wittgert, in far-western Germany, a 38-year-old man was killed in a fall in his basement, which had flooded amid the storms. Local news media said that he had suffered an electric shock and most likely hit his head, and that he could not be resuscitated.

The storm system was expected to dissipate Saturday, Germany’s weather service said, but police in some areas urged residents to remain home, saying that strong winds continued to pose a danger to the public.

Farther south in Europe, an unusually early heat wave was driving up temperatures Saturday in Spain and in parts of France, which were sweltering under what was expected to be the hottest May on record, meteorologists said, a sign of what may come this summer.

A worker removes a fallen free that fell on a car in Lippstadt, Germany, a day after heavy rains and a tornado hit the area, Saturday, May 21, 2022. (David Inderlied/dpa via AP)
A worker removes a fallen free that fell on a car in Lippstadt, Germany, a day after heavy rains and a tornado hit the area, Saturday, May 21, 2022. (David Inderlied/dpa via AP) 

Although individual weather events are difficult to link to climate change, experts have said it is one driver behind the intensifying heat waves and storms that have hit Europe in recent years.

Rare deadly flooding last year in Germany and Belgium — after both countries saw record rainfall — was made more likely by climate change, scientists have said.

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