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Tornado in Germany: the whirlwind is tearing roofs off house, knocking down trees

Tornado in Germany: A severe storm and a whirlwind have caused sever damage in the municipality of Großheide in Lower Saxony. The storm broke the roofs of 50 houses, in five of them the damage is so serious that they are not suitable for human occupancy – informed the dpa agency.

The cataclysm struck the northern part of Germany on Monday evening, August 16. The German Weather Service (DWD) classified the cyclone as a moderate F2 class tornado with an estimated rotational speed of 180 to 250 kilometres per hour.

Just today morning did the removal of the effects of the cataclysm begin. Mayor Fredy Ficher said, ”The willingness to help the population is huge, there are many people who wanted help.”

Roofers and construction companies began repairing the damaged houses. Workers from construction sites came out to clear the fallen trees.

Just hours after the storm, 100 firefighter began repairing the first damage caused by the storm and temporarily protected the damaged buildings. A video of one of the inhabitants of the area through which the whirlwind passed was shared on the YouTube Nature Videos channel.

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German meteorologist Service (DWD), the violent storm that caused severe damage in the commune of Großheide in East Frisia was a tornado, the dpa agency reported on Tuesday.

The cyclone has been classified as a moderate F2 tornado with an estimated rotational speed of 180 to 250 kilometres per hour. According to estimates, the diameter of the tornado was from several dozen to 100 meters.

DWD said that the tornado was a cold air-tornado, possibly without a super-cell. They added that these tornadoes are the kind that form in cold air.

What was the Tornado Formation?

The temperatures in Germany were conducive yesterday over northern Germany. The science behind the phenomenon is clear wind shear- that is, different wind speeds and directions on the ground and at a height of one kilometre.

In this structure, rotation is created in an actual cloud that grows downwards and then looks like a trunk.

According to the dpa agency, an average of 20 to 60 tornadoes are detected in Germany each year. But this number may be higher as not all cyclones are recorded. The moderately powerful F2 tornadoes currently found in Großheide are relatively rare in Germany, explained Friedrich.

Every year, an average of 20-60 tornadoes are detected in Germany. But they remain undetected in Germany and are undeclared because some of the tornadoes are not recorded.

Moderately severe F2 tornadoes, such as the current one in Großheide, are relatively rare in Germany, Friedrich explained.

Source: dpa,