The German weather service has confirmed three tornadoes in North Rhine-Westphalia – in Paderborn, nearby Lipstadt and on the outskirts of downtown Hoixter, the news agency DPA reported.
A tornado swept across the city center on Friday afternoon, injuring 43 people in Paderborn, 13 of them in critical condition, Mayor Michael Dreyer said.
A park tree and stop lights “ripped like a match,” the roof of the building shattered and windows shattered, he told reporters Saturday, and the storm left about 300 meters (yards) wide. A tree hit the windshield of a fire truck, but residents were not injured.
Police on Saturday urged people to stay home or stay out of the city so that rescue operations would not be hampered. They said they were still expecting potential risks from high winds.
Further south, Bavarian authorities say 14 people were injured Friday as they tried to take shelter in a wooden hut that collapsed during a storm on Lake Brumbach, south of Nuremberg.
Elsewhere in Europe, Spain on Saturday carried dust from North Africa, warmed by unusually high temperatures in late spring.
Mercury rose 42.3 degrees Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) in the Andalusia region of southern Andalusia on Thursday afternoon, reaching 39.5 degrees on Thursday. Similar temperatures were observed in Cordoba and Seville, the two provincial capitals of the region.
Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET said at least 13 areas were on high alert on Saturday due to the heat and five of them could cause temperature storms. Saturday’s “unusual and extreme” temperatures are expected to be the highest.