Record downpour in the Austrian city of Graz caused flooding and damaged houses

Record downpour in the Austrian city of Graz caused flooding and damaged houses
Record downpour in the Austrian city of Graz caused flooding and damaged houses
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The downpour that hit the city of Graz in the Austrian region of Steiermark broke the record for rainfall since 1938, flooded streets and cellars, and uprooted many trees.

One of the city's weather stations recorded 110 liters of precipitation per square meter in 24 hours, breaking the record that has existed since 1938, when 105 liters fell in 24 hours.

City officials urged residents not to leave their homes during the storm, as rainwater flooded several streets and poured into basements.

Large hailstones also fell, and in other parts of the city, the police had to block the streets because of trees uprooted, which posed a danger to drivers and pedestrians.

Fire services responded to about 60 calls overnight. In the Uudendorf area, about 30 cars were trapped in a flooded tunnel, and some drivers needed help to get out, according to the public broadcaster ORF.

Voralberg was also hit by heavy rainfall, as was the Neunkirchen area in Lower Austria, where heavy rainfall damaged roofs and flooded basements.

The summer of 2021 was unusually turbulent and has already set a record for the most thunderstorms across Austria.

By the end of July, more than a million lightning strikes had been registered across Austria, which is higher than the average for each year, which means that Austria is on track for a record number of lightning strikes in one summer.

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