Calw / Ludwigshafen –

Heavy rain, hail, floods and cars that sink in the water: Due to violent thunderstorms in the southwest, numerous fire brigade and police forces moved out on Monday evening (June 28, 2021). Videos on social networks show the full extent.

  • Violent thunderstorms and storms in southwest Germany on Monday evening
  • Videos on social media show cars submerged in the water
  • German weather service warns of extreme storms in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland

According to the information, the district of Calw in Baden-Württemberg was particularly affected. A police spokesman in Pforzheim spoke of flooded streets, overflowing gullies and landslides in the Altensteig community. According to the fire brigade, there were trees on the tracks in the Wildberg community.

The spokesman for the Calw District Fire Brigade Association, Udo Zink, spoke of quite violent floods. The south and east of the district are particularly affected. Trees lay on streets and tracks, cellars were filled with water. The control center had been strengthened in terms of personnel. He spoke of 150 missions in two hours. People were not harmed. How severe the damage and the extent of the storm is was initially unclear.

A car stands in the water on a street after heavy storms in Aichtal (Baden-Wuerttemberg).

Deutsche Bahn reported on Twitter that a tree was lying on the track between Stuttgart and Ulm. Long-distance trains would be held back and, if possible, diverted, there would be cancellations.

Black Forest: Warning of “sometimes extreme storms”

The German Weather Service (DWD) warned in the evening of “sometimes extreme storms” in the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb – and of hailstones with a diameter of up to five centimeters.

Another thunderstorm complex moves from Switzerland towards Lake Constance and Upper Swabia – with heavy hail and heavy rain.

Massive storms in Stuttgart with Shelf Cloud

A massive storm with a “shelf cloud” is coming over the A8 near Esslingen and Stuttgart. This is the name given to the deep wedge-shaped clouds, which occur quite often, especially in connection with thunderstorms and gust fronts.

Thunderstorms sweep over Hesse: lightning strikes and fallen trees

Storms with lightning and thunder and a lot of rain also fell over parts of Hesse. According to the police, a state road was closed at Lützelbach in the Odenwald due to fallen trees. A manhole cover was flushed up in Michelstadt, and rubble landed on the roadway on a district road. In Dieburg (Darmstadt-Dieburg district), lightning struck a roof.

Storm in Baden-Württemberg: Cars sink into the water, emergency calls overloaded

Videos were posted on Twitter from Bösingen in the Rottweil district (Baden-Württemberg) that show flooded streets and cars that almost completely sink into the masses of water and hail.

In the entire district there are operations for the fire brigade, in Bösingen alone around 40 locations, said a press spokesman for the district fire brigade of the “Neue Rottweiler Zeitung”.

In the district of Reutlingen, according to “SWR”, the emergency call line 112 is also heavily overloaded due to heavy rain and hail. The fire brigade asked citizens that answering the emergency call could take up to five minutes.

Storm in Rhineland-Palatinate: Several injured after accidents on the highway

Several accidents with injuries occurred on the highways in Rhineland-Palatinate during a storm. The police said there were seven accidents on the A3 and A48 in the late afternoon as a result of the heavy rain in the area of ​​the Montabaur motorway police.


A car stands in Altensteig (Baden-Württemberg) on ​​Monday (June 28) on a flooded street after violent storms. Several Twitter videos show cars almost drowning in the masses of water.

Storms also expected in Saarland

The weather in the evening also caused problems in the area of ​​Bundesstraße 260 Bad Ems-Koblenz. Sections of the road there were flooded, the police said. The fire brigade in Koblenz reported storm operations throughout the city in the evening.

The German Meteorological Service also warned of “extreme thunderstorms” for the Saarland on Monday evening. (dpa / mg)

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