Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Heavy wind storms rage through Germany

Low-pressure system “Ludwig” tore through much of southern and central Germany overnight, tearing up trees by their roots and causing property damage, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Tuesday.

Altitudes above 800 metres in the states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony were hit particularly hard, the DWD said. The Harz mountain range, which runs through central Germany, saw winds of up to 158 kilometres per hour. Meanwhile the Feldberg, the highest mountain in the Black Forest, experienced winds of up to 126 kilometres per hour.

Police reported uprooted trees and street signals that caused traffic delays, as well as damaged roofs - but no injuries.

High winds and rain are expected to continue on Tuesday and in the coming days, but temperatures will remain mild, the DWD said from its headquarters in Offenbach.

Scattered showers will take place across the country and move northeast as the day wears on, while temperatures will range from between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius.


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