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Heavy Storms Cause Travel Chaos and Damage in Germany


7Dnews London

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:22 GMT

Parts of Germany were affected by heavy storms that caused damage and disrupted rail and road travel, especially in the southern and central areas of the country, leaving travellers to deal with the resulting problems on Monday August 19th.

A series of summer storms uprooted trees and blew over power lines, while a lightning strike hit a signal box on Sunday evening. Injuries were reported and flights cancelled.

In the aftermath of the thunderstorms, rail commuters need to be ready for problems on Monday and Tuesday. The clean-up and repair work on the lightning-hit signal box in Walldorf in southern Hesse will probably be completed by noon on Tuesday, railway officials said, according to German news site T-Online. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn on Monday listed delays for more than a dozen intercity connections, including trains to neighbouring Switzerland and France.

Frankfurt Airport said that 41 flights were cancelled late Sunday and eight arrivals were diverted because of severe weather, AP reported.

In the town of Offenbach, several people were injured by falling debris, which strong gusts blew off buildings in the central city area, authorities said