(AP Photo/dpa, Julian Stratenschulte)
Forceful storms consisting of heavy rains, winds and hail made their way across western Germany late on Monday, killing at least six people and damaging roads and public transport throughout the area.
According to Reuters, the storm began after a hot weekend in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Many of the casualties were caused by falling trees.
The image above of lightning near Hildesheim in northern Germany captured the magnitude of the storm. The photo was shot by German photographer Julian Stratenschulte early on Tuesday.