Frankfurt (dpa) - Heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain have messed up the travel plans of passengers at Germany's largest passenger airport.
Frankfurt Airport temporarily closed the check-in. In the north and in the middle of Hesse numerous basements were under water. By the evening the German Weather Service (DWD) expected further heavy rainfall. "There's more to come," said spokesman Andreas Friedrich. For parts of central and northern Hesse, warnings warned of extreme storms.
For about an hour, no passengers and machines were handled at the large aviation hub. According to the operator Fraport several flights were canceled. For security reasons, this is routinely done when warning of lightning and thunder within eight kilometers, a spokesman said. An outdoor stay on the airfield is then prohibited.
At Germany's largest airport should arrive on Friday about 230,000 passengers or fly away. Of a total of 1560 takeoffs and landings, 100 were canceled by the afternoon. The storms had been raging for over two hours since Friday afternoon. According to DWD data, up to 80 liters of water per square meter fell within a short time in the region around Gießen and around the Edersee.
In the neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate, there were again bad weather with heavy rains. In Trier, the fire department was on Thursday evening to more than 200 missions disengaged. The forces in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's capital Schwerin faced similar challenges. A downpour led to the fact that in the entire city of Keller run down. At times the fire brigade was at 60 places of use at the same time.
In parts of Baden-Württemberg, thunderstorms disrupted rail traffic and caused damage. A lightning strike slowed Deutsche Bahn on Friday morning on the central Rhine Valley line between Offenburg and Karlsruhe.
Weather in the capital also impacted on air traffic: Eight domestic flights were canceled. It concerns flights to Frankfurt am Main and Munich, said a speaker of the airport company Berlin Brandenburg. Depending on the weather, it could come in the course of the evening to further deletions, it said. From Berlin's second airport Schönefeld in the southeast of the city were initially no reports of canceled flights.
According to the DWD meteorologists, the summer is also on the weekend for the time being a break. The temperatures are therefore only moderately warm. The threat of severe weather, however, goes back significantly compared to Friday.