Severe Thunderstorms Slam Netherlands and Germany, Balkans at Risk Thursday

Severe thunderstorms pummeled areas from Netherlands into Germany on Tuesday with torrential rainfall, large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

While Amsterdam was spared from any flooding rainfall, strong winds did result in the collapse of a construction fence which injured seven people, according to the Dutch Broadcast Foundation.

These winds were associated with thunderstorms caused by a cold front that moved through the region. As the storms moved eastward, powerful winds and large hail were reported across northern Germany.

Hail up to 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter was reported northeast of Amsterdam, while wind gusts caused damage to buildings and crops around Hamburg.

Farther east, supercell thunderstorms spawned at least two tornadoes in northern Germany. One tornado tracked near Ludwigslust, while another moved through the town of Schwerin before moving into Bützow.

These tornadoes caused widespread destruction while injuring at least 30 people and leaving more homeless.

Severe weather was less widespread on Wednesday; however, another round of potentially severe thunderstorms will impact parts of the Balkan Peninsula on Thursday. While tornadoes and widespread damaging winds are not expected, thunderstorms will be capable of producing flash flooding and hail.

Cities that are under threat for severe weather on Thursday include Skopje, Bucharest, Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.