Extreme weather caused widespread destruction and flooding in Germany and Switzerland

Extreme weather caused widespread destruction and flooding in Germany and Switzerland
Extreme weather caused widespread destruction and flooding in Germany and Switzerland
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Severe summer storms caused widespread destruction and flooding in Germany and across Switzerland on Tuesday. Rain, hail and wind at speeds up to 135 km / h were also recorded on Monday evening. From the Jura Mountains in western Switzerland, thunderstorms swept across the country in an easterly direction, hitting Zurich especially hard.

Zurich's rescue service has received over 1,000 phone calls since Monday evening, as thunderstorms and heavy hail have caused significant damage to the city.

Trees have been felled on roads and railways in Zurich, causing havoc for passengers, and authorities have warned that several rivers in Switzerland could overflow.

The hurricanes also caused delays and shutdowns in Zurich's public transport, with fallen trees and flooded streets halting tram and bus routes in the city.

Some alpine passes were temporarily closed due to heavy snowfall.

In central Switzerland, in the canton of Uri, sections of the A2 motorway, which runs through the heart of the country, from Germany in the north to the southern border with Italy, have been temporarily closed.

In the capital Bern, about 45.8 mm of precipitation fell in 12 hours. But in the village of Waldegg near Zurich, 31.1 mm of precipitation was recorded in ten minutes, which almost broke the record of 41.1 mm, which fell in ten minutes on Lausanne in August 2018.

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