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Flooding, thunderstorms to threaten millions across central and eastern Europe into midweek

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
May 22, 2019, 7:18:23 AM EDT


A slow-moving storm system brought deadly flooding to Germany and more dangerous weather is possible across central and eastern Europe through Wednesday.

Torrential downpours brought widespread rainfall of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) to southern Germany from Monday into early Tuesday.

The heavy rainfall triggered flooding and dangerous driving conditions which claimed the life of a motorist that skidded off a roadway in Bavaria.

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Several roadways were closed due to flooding throughout southern Germany from Monday into Tuesday.

As the storm spins over Poland, the heaviest rainfall will shift from Germany into western Poland into Wednesday. Rainfall will taper off during the day across southern and eastern Germany.

"Some roadways may be closed due to flooding," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys. "When you see a flooded roadway, always turn around."

Farther east, thunderstorms will be a threat from eastern Poland and the Baltic states to the Balkan Peninsula and Ukraine on Wednesday.

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Cars make their way through a flooded road near Marquartstein, Germany, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)


A few locations from Ukraine to the Baltic states will endure severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening.

These storms will be capable of producing blinding downpours, localized flash flooding and damaging winds.

"There will also be a risk for thunderstorms capable of producing damaging hail in Poland on Wednesday," added Roys.

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Thunderstorms will continue to be a concern on Thursday from eastern Poland and the Baltic states into Romania and Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, dry weather will return to Germany, aiding in any flood recovery efforts and allowing streams and rivers to subside.

Rainfall may return to much of Germany on Friday; however, flooding is not expected to be a widespread concern.

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