After the heavy thunderstorms on Sunday over parts of central and southern Germany, rail commuters in particular must expect problems. On Sunday, a signal box in the southern Hessian Walldorf was struck by lightning, the clean-up and repair work to be completed by the afternoon, said a spokesman for the Deutsche Bahn. The train traffic will be diverted. There are delays.
Due to catenary disruptions, the rail routes between Aschaffenburg and Hanau were also blocked. The long-distance traffic between Frankfurt / Main and Würzburg is therefore diverted in both directions via Fulda. There are delays of 60 to 100 minutes, said the spokeswoman. The suspension is expected to last until Tuesday evening.
Also on the Frankfurt airport, the violent thunderstorms were noticeable. In order to protect personnel and travelers, the clearance on the apron had been temporarily set, said a spokeswoman for the operator Fraport. Thus, until Sunday evening 41 flights were canceled. Most of them were domestic flights. Eight flights were diverted, according to the spokeswoman.
Particularly affected by severe weather was the south of Hesse. In the region around Mörfelden the conditions had been chaotic, the police said. The roof of the town hall was partially covered. Cars were damaged by falling trees. In the district of Offenbach several people were injured.
Covered roofs and fallen trees
In Mainz the storm also caused damage. The district of Ebersheim was particularly affected, according to the fire department. There were two people trapped under a fallen tree. The storm whirled a roof and beams through the air. The bricks hit two homes and caused substantial damage. On the grounds of a poultry breeding club tipped over trees and destroyed cages and crates.
In Bavaria, hail and storm hit the district of Aschaffenburg. Roofs were covered, power pylons buckled and cellars were under water, as the fire department announced. More than 500 rescue workers were on duty for hours. In several communities, the power went out, the highway 45 was fully closed towards Seligenstadt. On the railway line between Kleinostheim and the border between Hesse and Bavaria drove no trains.
The printing works of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Mörfelden-Walldorf were also struck by lightning. The publisher then set up free access to the digital version of the newspaper for all readers.
The storms had moved on Sunday evening from the Palatinate and southern Hesse in the direction of the southeast. The storm was to move to northern Lower Franconia and possibly to Thuringia. Also on Monday in the south and southeast with thunderstorms and heavy rain to be expected, said a meteorologist of the German Weather Service.