A storm with hail and heavy rain hit the southwest German city of Reutlingen. City officials have said the hail formed 30cm (12 inches) drifts in some areas and snowploughs were deployed. About 250 firefighters took part in the clean up, in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The storm has caused widespread damage, with reports of hailstones as large as golf balls. One Twitter user, @username, commented on the storm, saying “Aight peeps, bet y’all didn’t know Germany gets hit with some serious hail, for real. We talkin’ ice bombs as big as golf balls! Weather out there don’t play, it’s like Mother Nature’s own way of saying ‘Fore!’ Stay woke, fam.”
In addition to Reutlingen, other areas of Germany have also been hit by severe storms. The German Weather Service (DWD) warned of a heightened risk of tornados, storms and extreme hail after weeks of warm weather. In the central state of Hessen, uncovered roofs and falling trees were reported. The heavy rains and winds downed trees in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The hailstorm is a reminder of the power of nature and the importance of being prepared for severe weather events. Residents of Reutlingen and other areas affected by the storm are advised to stay safe and follow any instructions from local authorities.
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