70 meters high! – Tornado in Germany damages 50 houses


A tornado has left a trail of destruction in the German state of Saarland. The weather phenomenon was reportedly 70 meters high when it devastated the village of Marpingen on Thursday afternoon. Some roofs were completely covered, trees snapped, bricks flew through the air – although the spectacle did not last long, the damage is enormous.

According to media reports from Saarland, weather expert Jörg Kachelmann confirmed that it was indeed a tornado. The tornado was announced with thunder, rain and strong winds before a tornado formed around 2:45 p.m. and swept across the Urexweiler district.

Huge trees were snapped like matchsticks, windows shattered and debris flew through the air. “The damage was largely limited to one street,” reports fire service spokesman Lukas Becker. This is not unusual: “Tornadoes often only do massive damage where the so-called trunk hits the ground,” said Dominik Eder of the Saar weather station after the incident.

The stability of buildings had to be checked
Some residents were not allowed to return to their homes because it was uncertain whether the statics of some buildings were still stable. A country road was still closed on Friday morning to clean up after fallen trees.

Source: Krone


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