Second night of storms in Germany cuts rail links
A second night of storms that hit Germany early Saturday cut rail links and killed flamingos in a zoo.
Fierce winds and lashing rain hit parts of southern and western Germany, blowing down trees and causing flash floods, the dpa reported.
In Krefeld near the Dutch border, a second night of huge hailstones left nine flamingos in the city zoo dead. A zoo spokesman said four birds were killed when hit on the head, and five suffered such severe bone fractures that they had to be put down.
The German railways closed a main electrified line from the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg to Frankfurt because overhead power lines were knocked down by trees. Trains from Frankfurt to Berlin and Hamburg were also disrupted by similar damage.
Hailstorms and sudden, brief bouts of torrential rain began lashing Germany Thursday evening as summer temperatures arrived.