The people in Berlin and Brandenburg have to prepare for severe storms on Friday. According to the forecast, thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected from the southwest in the evening. The German Weather Service (DWD) announced on Friday morning that precipitation of up to 40 liters per square meter was possible in one hour.

In addition, hail and gusts of wind as well as sometimes hurricane-force gusts with speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour are to be expected. “Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out,” said a DWD spokesman in Potsdam.

The Berlin Environmental Senate has called on citizens to exercise caution in view of the approaching storm. She warned against entering “green spaces and the Berlin forests – especially outside of secured paths” during the storm. Falling branches and parts of treetops could quickly become life-threatening.

In the city, roof tiles or scaffolding parts could also fall down. “Even after the weather conditions have calmed down, broken branches, falling trees and obstructions from uprooted and broken trees must be expected.”

The weather is expected to calm down over the course of the night, although there may still be local showers. According to the DWD, the temperatures drop to 15 to 12 degrees at night.

With lightning, thunder and heavy rain, the storms expected for large parts of Germany came from the west on Friday. The thunderstorms caused by the “Emmelinde” low hit North Rhine-Westphalia first. For parts of the federal state, the German Weather Service (DWD) issued the first official severe weather warning in the early afternoon due to severe thunderstorms. The meteorologists later extended the warning to Rhineland-Palatinate, Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

A tornado is believed to have passed through Lippstadt. There was serious damage throughout the city, said a fire department spokesman. Numerous roofs were covered and trees fell on cars. He was not aware of any deaths, the spokesman said.

Around 120 bathers were trapped in the Lippstadter Freizeitbad Cabrioli because fallen trees blocked the entrance, the spokesman said. In the district of Hellinghausen, the top of a church fell down due to the storm. Around 200 to 300 firefighters are deployed. The Lippstadt fire brigade is supported by forces from several neighboring towns.

NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) called on the population to be particularly careful: “Please stay at home. Avoid spending time outdoors,” he told the German Press Agency.

Even before the storm began, there were disruptions in many places in Germany at the start of the weekend. In some regions, classes were canceled on Friday – schools in the Cologne administrative district should close earlier.