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Storms cause widespread damage in Switzerland, Germany

July 13, 2021 GMT
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A hangar and some of the parked small planes at the local airport of Locarno in Magadino, Southern Switerland, are heavily damaged after the thunderstorm in the night to Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Violent thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstorms and gale-force winds passed over Switzerland during the night on Tuesday. (Ti-Press/Elia Bianchi/Keystone via AP)
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A hangar and some of the parked small planes at the local airport of Locarno in Magadino, Southern Switerland, are heavily damaged after the thunderstorm in the night to Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Violent thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstorms and gale-force winds passed over Switzerland during the night on Tuesday. (Ti-Press/Elia Bianchi/Keystone via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Heavy summer storms caused widespread damage and flooding Tuesday in Germany and Switzerland, where an airport hangar partially collapsed in the southern town of Magadino.

Swiss police said several planes were damaged but nobody was hurt when the hangar roof gave way amid heavy rain and strong winds overnight.

Trees were blown onto roads and rail tracks in Zurich, causing travel chaos for commuters, while authorities warned that several rivers in Switzerland could burst their banks. Some Alpine passes were temporarily closed due to heavy snowfall.

In neighboring Germany officials warned of “extreme storms” on Tuesday in the Eifel region southwest of Cologne due to particularly heavy rainfall.

Persistent rain in recent days has swelled rivers and the Rhine is predicted to hit the first high-water mark on Thursday or Friday, triggering restrictions to shipping.

The wet weather has been welcomed by some forestry officials in Germany after three particularly dry summers in a row.

Heavy rainfall also hit the southern Netherlands, where flooding closed a highway close to the city of Maastricht.