A tornado hit the western German city of Paderborn in North Rhine-Westphalia
state on Friday evening. It caused heavy damage in the region. At least 30 people were injured due to the tornado, reported news agency AFP. Among the injured, 10 were in serious condition.
A rescue operation has been launched in Lippstadt
town, 30 km from Paderborn. Around 300 fire fighters have been deployed in town. A church steeple was ripped from the roof in Hellinghausen. As per reports, schools in the western city of Cologne were closed before midday on Friday due to bad weather conditions. Railway travel was also disrupted.
A large part of Germany
remained on a storm alert on Friday. Heavy rainfall and hail were predicted in western and central parts of the country with wind speed up to 130 kph. Authorities have urged people to remain in their houses. Over 100 people were reportedly trapped in a local open air pool as uprooted trees blocked the exit.
On Thursday, two French citizens died after their motorized paraglider was caught by strong winds. They took off from an airfield in Ballenstedt, which is around 175 km from Berlin. They were 59 years old.
Last year in July, North Rhine-Westphalia hit by a deadly flash floods. Around 130 people lost their lives in the floods.