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Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

A roof collapse at an Ica Maxi supermarket in Kristinehamn in western Sweden has left staff and customers in shock but miraculously no one is reported to have been injured.

Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

Police were called to the Ica Maxi superstore in Kristinehamn at around 12.45pm on Monday in response to reports that the roof had caved in, according to a report in local newspaper Nya Wermlands-Tidningen.

“It does not seem that anyone was hurt but a police sniffer dog has been called in to search the ruins,” Lars Eidwall at the emergency services told the newspaper.

The store was immediately evacuated by staff and customers after the collapse, which affected around a third of the roof surface area. Four to five workers were on the roof at the time busy removing the large build-up of snow presumed to be the reason for the collapse.

The workers were able to throw themselves free from the roof in time to avoid being drawn into the wreckage at the entrance to the store.

According to preliminary reports from the scene, there have been no reported injuries. Shocked staff and customers are being cared for at the parish hall in Kristinehamn.

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STORMS

Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Thanks to the weather front ‘Peggy’, which is moving west over Germany, the Bundesrepublik is seeing storms strike and saying goodbye to summer weather.

Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Rain and strong gusts of winds were expected throughout Germany on Thursday, with the western part of the country to see the heaviest downpour, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

The wet weather will intensify in the afternoon, moving north to Berlin and Hamburg.

The mercury was set to stretch between 17C and 25C throughout the country, according to DWD, with northern areas experiencing the coolest temperatures.

‘Long-awaited rainfall’

The storms were welcomed in drought-hit parts of western Germany, which has seen record heat over the past few years. 

“Peggy is a heroine. She is bringing long-awaited rainfall in the dry west,” wrote DWD in its weather report Thursday. 

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Yet they also pose a risk for flooding, particularly in parts of northwestern Germany, where between 30 and 50 liters of water per square meter were predicted to fall throughout the day.

“Even if the rain is certainly more of a blessing than a curse for many, these amounts also carry the risk of flooding streets or filling up cellars,” wrote DWD.

Rain will continue around the country on Friday. In the east and southeast, the sun is expected to shine again by the late afternoon, with the mercury reaching around 21C. 

Storms stretch into weekend

Saturday will likely be the coldest day of the week with highs of only 17C in some places, particularly along the coasts. Yet eastern regions will see the mercury rise between 18C and 22C.

The DWD advised to “keep an umbrella around as a faithful companion” as the wet weather continues.

On Sunday, stormy weather will slowly calm down and the showers will retreat to the southeast parts of the country. The mercury is set to hover around a nationwide average of 22C and 23C.

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