Hail the size of tennis balls thunder from the sky in northern Italy.
They were chunks of ice.
Videos show their incredible destructive power.
Milan - Severe storms have been causing flooded cellars and flooded streets in many regions of Germany for days.
A huge hailstorm swept across the country in northern Italy.
The A1 motorway between Milan and Parma had to be completely closed at times.
Large hail destroyed hundreds of cars.
Recordings show how devastating the storm was.
Storm in northern Italy: hail chunks thunder from the sky - A1 motorway
The chunks of ice smashed countless windshields of cars and trucks on the highway.
The vehicles stand bumper to bumper on the section of the A1 motorway between Piacenza and Parma, as can be seen on a video.
The great hail apparently spared no car.
It looks like someone hit the windshield with a huge hammer and force over and over again.
Drivers examine the damage to their vehicles in disbelief.
Hundreds of cars were destroyed, according to media reports.
Storm in northern Italy - super cell responsible for hail the size of tennis balls
Mighty thunderstorm cells - so-called super cells are basically responsible for very large hail, explains the weather portal
In contrast to normal thunderstorm cells, powerful thunderstorm cells show a rotation.
The Italian weather service
speaks of a Monday that was marked by "true war
on the weather front".
A clip on Twitter shows the force with which the hail hits the earth.
There was also a violent storm.
Wind damage was reported in Fidenza where roof tiles flew from several houses and some trees are overturned, reports the Italian news agency
Two people were also injured in the Modena area: They were on board a delivery truck that was hit by a fallen tree.
Extreme hailstorm in northern Italy
Extreme hail around 10 cm in size today in the Po Valley near Parma.
Video: Centro Meteo Emilia Romagna pic.twitter.com/yGQI7IJCQk
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Storm in Italy - Italian Civil Protection Issues Orange Alert
According to the Italian weather experts, the weather situation will remain explosive in the next few days.
In northern Italy in particular, you can expect violent thunderstorms, sudden gusts of wind, storms and insidious hail showers.
Hot air from the Sahara causes a heat wave in the Mediterranean area - also in Italy.
It is still unclear exactly how the situation will develop.
But the atmosphere has not yet calmed down, is charged and unstable.
The Italian civil protection issued an orange alert for Lombardy on Tuesday.
A “super cell” recently raged across Lake Garda.
Locals and tourists had to flee.
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