First reports are coming in from Romania and Bulgaria, both of which were hit by severe thunderstorms this afternoon. The spell of severe weather was expected, brought about by a shortwave trough passing through the region. First reports indicate several severe thunderstorms with large to very large hail and locally torrential rainfall that caused flash flooding.

Very large hail and damage reported in Levski, Pleven Province, central Bulgaria last night! Report: Meteo Balkans.

Distant wet downburst between Stara Zagora and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo: Jordan Mantarov.

Flooding after a wet downburst in Ruse, Bulgaria. Photo: Daniel Angelov / Meteo Balkans.