Amazed by the devastation: Mayor Thomas Stockenschneider in front of the ruins of the church in LipstadtPhoto: Stefan Schweitz
This scene is just so sad…
Mayor Thomas Stuckenschneider, 58, stands in shock in front of the church and can’t stand the sight. The tornado moved through the area early Friday evening, cutting many trees on the way to the village.
Emmelinde couldn’t stand this wooden buildPhoto: Stefan Schweitz
Stuckenschneider: “Not only was the top of the steeple lifted by a hurricane and now crashed to the ground – the entire church roof was pushed forward half a meter. Except for the damage to the wonderful stained glass. We never had that before.”
The church has a very high historical value for the Hellighausen region, dating back to 1781. The tower dates back to 1850.
Emilind raged violently
Thunderstorms, heavy rain and hurricanes: The storms caused severe damage in many parts of Germany. The most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia was particularly affected.
“More than 7,500 emergency services firefighters and relief organizations have once again given everything they had across the country in the past 48 hours to prevent things from getting worse,” NRW Home Secretary Herbert Rolle (CDU) said Saturday.
Police said 43 people were injured in Paderborn alone, some seriously. The woman’s life is in danger. She underwent emergency surgery at Bielefeld Hospital that night. Police in Paderborn have urgently called for the city center to be avoided for the time being due to cyclone damage, potential hazards and ongoing clean-up work.
These cars in Paderborn are only worth scrapPhoto: Friso Gentsch / dpa
According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the thunderstorm should move east over Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Saturday. Some thunderstorms are still expected in the south. People in the northeast can expect the alternation of sun and clouds, and it should also be sunny in the southwest, but not as warm as before.
Pyro’s show didn’t help either, the event was off for half an hourPhoto: Jens Koch/Ramstein/D
A police spokesman in Paderborn said extensive clean-up work was pending. A police spokesman described the damage on Friday evening as shed roof tiles, fallen scaffolding and branches smashed into windows. In Lippstadt, firefighters reported a suspected tornado causing severe damage. Ruined roofs and fallen trees all over the city. In Paderborn there was talk of millions of damages, for example in an industrial area.
The parking lot in Paderborn is full of debrisPhoto: Friso Gentsch / dpa
In central Franconia in Bavaria, 14 people, including many children, were injured when a log cabin collapsed during a storm there. The accident occurred on Friday evening in Spalt (Ruth District) near Grosser Brumbach. According to a police spokeswoman, in view of the approach of the storm in Bavaria, many vacationers took refuge in the hut of 85 square meters, then turned aside and collapsed.
In the Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland, there was no significant damage despite severe thunderstorms. Police and rescue workers reported a few trees fell, hail damaged cars and flooded basements.
A 38-year-old man in Rhineland-Palatinate died when he was electrocuted when entering a flooded basement, causing him to fall and possibly hit his head, police said. In the Bernkastel-Wittlich district, five people were injured in a car accident on a rain-soaked country road, including a three-year-old child.
Late Friday night, police in Thuringia said a driver near Dittersdorf in the Sal-Urla region had pulled his car off the road due to the hydroplaning and crashed into a concrete wall. He and three passengers were slightly injured.
And in Saxony, the band Ramstein cut off its concert on Friday evening for half an hour due to a thunderstorm over Leipzig. After 45 minutes of the show, people in the ring were asked to leave the stadium from the inside and seek shelter. After 15 minutes, the fans were allowed to go back inside.