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Devastations after heavy storm in Austria

After the unbearable heat of the past days, heavy storms left a trace of devastations behind in most parts of Austria last night. Especially the provinces of Salzburg, Upper and Lower Austria, as well as Vienna were affected.

The storm caused damage in a not yet assessable dimension. Wind gusts, storm rainfall, and hailstorm kept thousands of firefighters busy. Streets had to be cleared, houses provisional covered, and cellars freed from water. Some hailstones even perforated rooftops and destroyed windows. Trees were disrooted.

In the province of Salzburg a lightning was the reason of a forest fire. Fire fighters were able to erase the fire after four hours. In Upper Austria many underpasses were flooded. 4.000 firefighters of 250 fire brigades were in action in Uppper Austria. The storm moved on to Lower Austria and Austrias capital Vienna. The clearing works lasted until the early morning hours.

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