Germany is struggling with the effects of heavy rain and hurricane gusts. Before that, there were devastating storms in Italy, locals and tourists had to flee.
Riva del Garda – While many regions in Germany are plagued by severe storms, the storm, affectionately known in this country as “Bernd”, had already caused turbulence on Lake Garda. Photos from northern Italy show how gale-force squalls with heavy rain and hailstorms sweep across the popular holiday region.
Violent storms, masses of water even above the largest Italian lake and hailstones: the storms were a serious endurance test for both the locals and the tourists in the tranquil towns near the shore. Video recordings show how the “super cell” is raging over the area of Riva at the northern end of Lake Garda – and what it has made of the adjoining periphery, including a restaurant.
Storm on Lake Garda: Video shows storm “Bernd” in northern Italy
The storm raged on Lake Garda on Tuesday (July 13th). According to Italian media reports, like later in Germany, numerous houses were flooded and people had to flee to get to safety. As RTL.de describes, among them were tourists who first walked towards the beach to take pictures of the natural spectacle. But then they realized the seriousness of the situation and fled. Numerous trees were uprooted or fallen, and there were also some injured.
The portal il Dolomiti reports that a roof even collapsed in a school in the small town of Arco, whereupon numerous emergency services were looking for victims. Fortunately, however, it is a holiday and no one has been harmed. Lake Garda is reported to have seen one of the worst storms in over 100 years.
Storm in Milan: Video shows extreme hail and destroyed cars
A violent storm wave with thunderstorms and hail also hit the province of Milan in Italy. Centimeter-sized hailstones fell from the sky, causing severe damage. Dozens of cars were damaged by the rage of the hail in Rozzano in a matter of minutes. Recordings from a parking lot show the dire extent of the storm in the video. Numerous car windows have broken and some of the vehicles have to be towed away.
Storm in Germany: Storm causes huge damage in this country
One day later – on Wednesday – the situation around Lake Garda and northern Italy was calmed when the storm low also raged in northern Europe. There it caused heavy rain, floods and numerous human victims, especially in the west of Germany.
Experts come as no surprise that the climate on earth is creating ever more extreme weather conditions. Scientists keep pointing out the threatening scenario. A climate researcher from Munich’s LMU spoke to us about his “headache” due to the recent heat waves and storms. (PF)