At least six people have been killed and 30 others seriously wounded during storms that ravaged Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine Westphalia.
According to German media reports, three people died when a tree landed on a garden shed in which they were seeking shelter in the state capital of Dusseldorf on Monday.
Firefighters were able to rescue three more injured people, two severely hurt, from the shed.
In Cologne, a cyclist died after police said lightning struck a tree that fell on him.
Another cyclist died in the German city of Krefeld when a falling tree brought down an overhead electricity cable that electrocuted him.
A sixth man was killed in the town of Essen while trying to clean up a littered street caused by the storm.
The extreme weather also caused major transportation problems, forcing Germany’s third-largest airport in Dusseldorf to close for about an hour and grounding other flights.
Fallen trees stopped trains, blocked roads and left commuters waiting in long traffic jams, reports said.
A combination of wind, lightning and hail were responsible for damage to houses and cars.
The storm died down overnight in North Rhine Westphalia.
Meanwhile, the German Meteorological Service issued weather warnings for regions including Hanover and Bremen for late Tuesday.
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