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‘Brief but fierce’ tornado damages houses in Germany

Dozens of residents were forced to spend the night with friends or at a local hotel after the tornado hit Roetgen.

A damaged building in Germany after it was hit by a tornado (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)
A damaged building in Germany after it was hit by a tornado (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

A tornado described by firefighters as “brief but fierce” has damaged about 30 houses in western Germany.

Dozens of residents were forced to spend the night with friends or at a local hotel after the tornado hit Roetgen, near the border with Belgium.

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A twister hits the town of Roetgen in Germany (Tnn/TeleNewsNetwork/dpa via AP)

A video showed the tornado sweeping through the small town.

Authorities said that five people were slightly injured.

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