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Flooding threat continues across southern Germany as thunderstorms linger into Sunday

By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
June 05, 2016, 9:30:26 PM EDT

Several days of heavy rain and thunderstorms have caused flooding in parts of Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria resulting in the death of at least eight people.

The first round of deadly flooding occurred on Sunday and was followed by a second round on Wednesday.


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The risk for flooding will continue as the slow-moving area of low pressure that caused daily downpours across southern Germany will remain in the area through the weekend.

Locations at risk for heavy thunderstorms include Munich, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Cologne.

The strongest storms will be capable of producing rainfall in excess of 50 mm (2 inches) within an hour or two and damaging hail.


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The slow movement of these storms can lead to extreme rainfall in a short time period resulting in flash flooding.

“Areas in Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria that have already experienced flooding will be at an even higher risk for flooding on Saturday and Sunday as downpours continue to fall on saturated ground and in areas with high river levels,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

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“I must stress that if anyone comes across a flooded roadway, do not attempt to drive through the water," Roys said. "A driver won't be able to tell how strong the water flow is nor the depth of the water, which can cause cars to stall out. So turn around; don’t drown.”

The hardest-hit locations could receive more than their normal June rainfall through Sunday. Normal rainfall for the month averages 64-89 mm (2.5-3.5 inches) across the region.

Conditions will improve next week as high pressure results in several dry days across the region.

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