A tornado has caused severe damage in the southwest of Luxembourg. According to the Luxembourg government, 14 people were injured, two of them seriously. It hit particularly hard the places Petingen and Kaerjeng. According to an official statement, around 160 houses were damaged or covered there. More than 1000 emergency calls were received within a few minutes by the police and the fire brigade.
Emergency shelters for citizens have been opened in both places. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told via Twitter, it has been set up a crisis team. "The government is helping those affected," he wrote. According to forecasts by meteorologists, pictures and video recordings showed that it was a tornado.
A spokesman for the Luxembourg police reported a "wreck of devastation" stretching five, six or seven kilometers. Several buildings were uninhabitable, cars were damaged by roof tiles or parts of buildings, objects were whirled through the air. Numerous forces were deployed.
Heavy storms also in Germany
Also on the German side - in neighboring Saarland, in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg - there were reportedly heavy storms. In Rhineland-Palatinate in the cities of Neuwied and Koblenz manhole covers were flooded and roads were partly flooded.
In Baden-Württemberg, the kick-off of the DfB Cup match between the football clubs SV Sandhausen and Borussia Mönchengladbach was delayed due to a thunderstorm. The spectators in the lower ranks were asked to move to safety. In a lightning strike in Baden-Württemberg Rosenfeld-Heiligenzimmern 15 footballers were injured. According to police, the lightning hit during the practice on Friday evening near the sports field.
In Saarland trees uprooted in some places brought the traffic to a standstill, streets were washed over and cellars ran full of water. A female driver was slightly injured in an accident near Beckingen when a branch fell on her car. Even in Bavaria heavy thunderstorms were expected in the evening.