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    Severe Weather Danger to Shift to Central Europe

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    May 25, 2014, 1:28:07 AM EDT

    In the wake of Wednesday's deadly gusty thunderstorms, the severe weather danger will shift eastward across central Europe through Friday.

    Violent thunderstorms slammed parts of central France Wednesday afternoon and evening, according to reports received by the European Severe Weather Database.

    The majority of the strongest thunderstorms produced damaging winds, while a handful of others dropped hail and flooding downpours.

    A car was destroyed and a tree fell as one gusty thunderstorm whipped through the city of Limoges.

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    Le Parisien, a French daily newspaper, reported that the strong winds produced by the thunderstorms are being blamed for the deaths of at least three people.

    One person died when the winds downed a tree onto a camper in Bozouls.

    After a locally severe thunderstorm or two with hail and gusty winds rattles a few communities in central Germany Thursday evening and frequent lightning lit up the sky in London, a greater severe weather danger will encompass central Europe Friday afternoon and evening.

    The threat zone will stretch from eastern Denmark and southwestern Sweden to eastern Germany and western Poland and southward to far northeastern Italy. Copenhagen, Berlin and Prague lie within this corridor.


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    Similar to Wednesday, the strongest thunderstorms will produce damaging winds, hail, downpours and frequent lightning.

    Remember that you are close enough to get struck by lightning if you hear thunder. That is true in any thunderstorm, regardless of its severity.

    The severe weather will remain north of the flood-ravaged Balkan Peninsula, but a couple of showers and thunderstorms will move through for the start of the weekend.

    Central parts of Poland and the Czech Republic will be at risk for some severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, but the day should prove to be less active than Friday.

    While some rain and a few thunderstorms will keep a large part of Europe unsettled Sunday and Monday, the threat for severe thunderstorms will wane.

    The storminess is not a sign of things to come for eastern Europe this summer. Instead, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned that drought conditions will mount.

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