Injuries at wedding as more storms hit Germany

Eight people were injured after a falling branch from a tree crashed onto guests at a wedding party during stormy weather in Germany.

Injuries at wedding as more storms hit Germany
A fallen tree in Brandenburg during Wednesday's storms. Photo: DPA

Around 100 guests had gathered at the outdoor wedding in Blankensee, near Neubrandenburg in southern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, on Wednesday when the incident happened, police said.

Due to high winds, a large branch broke off from a tree around 8.30pm and fell from a height of four metres onto the group.

Three women and four men suffered serious injuries, while another man was slightly injured.

The guests had been attending a wedding in the centre of Blankensee, in the northern German state. Emergency services attended the scene and those who were injured were taken to surrounding hospitals.

READ ALSO: Travel chaos after thunderstorms and rain lash eastern Germany

Storm causes disruption

Meanwhile in the city of Oranienburg in Brandenburg, 11 people suffered minor injuries after the top part of a tree broke off and hit them.

It came as severe storms hit eastern and northern parts of Germany. Due to the heavy rainfall, many streets were flooded and hurricane-like gusts of wind uprooted trees.

In Berlin alone, emergency services were called out on more than 200 operations in just two hours, from about 6-8pm on Wednesday. Due to the heavy rainfall, many streets were flooded and hurricane-like gusts of wind uprooted trees.

A cyclist braves the rain during storms in Berlin. Photo: DPA

A lightning strike in the Tempelhof area damaged the whole Ringbahn network, leaving passengers stranded.

Operator Deutsche Bahn confirmed that due to “damage to the infrastructure” all long-distance connections in the Berlin city area were temporarily suspended. Technicians were on duty to inspect the damage.

The disruption lasted about two hours but delays continued into the night.

Meanwhile, there were reports of boats capsizing on the Wannsee lake in the west of the city.

In the city of Dresden, revellers heading to a Rammstein gig were affected. The Rudolf Harbig Stadium had to be cleared of water because of the rain. Fans had to leave the venue, but were allowed to return after an hour.

The start of the concert was delayed.

A series of summer storms have been lashing the country recently. In Munich on Monday, giant hailstones injured people and damaged cars and homes. The weather has also been causing severe disruption to the transport network.

SEE ALSO: IN PICTURES – Giant hailstones hit Munich as storms continue across Germany

Calmer day on Thursday

Forecasters say the weather is expected to be calmer on Thursday. A meteorologist at the German Weather Service (DWD) said the risk of storms was much lower than on Wednesday.

Lightning in Treplin, Brandenburg on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

But there's still a chance of isolated thunderstorms and torrential rain in areas such as the Black Forest as well as in Thuringia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

All in all, it will be a bit cooler in Germany on Thursday. Temperatures on Wednesday had reached 34C in some places before the storm hit.

According to the DWD, the highest temperatures – around 26-28C – were likely in places such as Berlin. Bavaria and areas along the Danube, could also experience similar highs.

In the west it will be much cooler, with temperatures of around 14C in Saarbruken and 17C in Bremen.


Wedding party (die) Hochzeitsgesellschaft

Branch – (der) Ast

Long distance trains- (die) Fernzüge

Thunderstorm – (das) Gewitter

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Germany sees end of heatwave as storms lash the country

Is summer really over? It certainly did not feel like it with over a week of dry weather and high temperatures stretching into the mid-30s. But that's set to change Tuesday, with massive rainfall forecast across the country.

Germany sees end of heatwave as storms lash the country

Over the weekend Germany saw temperatures reaching as high as 35C. Freibäder (open-air pools) which were supposed to close after the summer season stayed open.

But on Tuesday the Bundesrepublik can expect temperature drops of up to 15C as thunderstorms move from western to eastern Germany.

The German Weather Service (DPA) issued an extreme weather warning amid intense rain and a winds of up to 100 km per hour in some areas.

Throughout the day the northwest will see showers, thunderstorms and squalls, according to DWD.

The southeast is set to stay sunny, but may also experience thunder and lightning in the afternoon. Cities such as Berlin and Dresden will be muggy with highs between 26 and 31C, whereas in the northwest the mercury will read between 22 and 25C.

During the day, storms with heavy rain of up to 20 litres per square metre will move from the regions of the Lower Rhine and West Münsterland towards East Westphalia, before moving further east.

In addition to heavy rain, there may also be large hailstorms and gusts of up to 100 km/h.

On Wednesday, the storm front will move south of the Main River. The violent thunderstorms will bring torrential rain in parts. Temperatures will stay similar with highs between 18 and 26C. In northern Germany, clouds will clear up and it will stay dry throughout the day.

Across Germany, Thursday is likely to become warm and sunny again. “At 18 to 24C, however, temperatures are much more subdued compared to the current [heat wave]. On Friday and Saturday, however, temperatures are expected to rise again somewhat,” said DWD meteorologist Markus Übel in a statement.

Temperatures going into the following week are then expected to be in the high 20s, which meteorologists predict will push this September into the hottest on record in Germany.

READ ALSO: Summer set to return to Germany with mid-August heatwave


muggy – schwül 

meteorologist – (der) Meteorologe/(der) Wetterbeobachter

thunderstorm – (das) Gewitter

hail – (der) Hagel

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