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‘Brief but fierce’ tornado destroys houses in Germany

March 14, 2019 GMT
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Roofer work on a damaged building in Roetgen, western Germany, Thursday, March 14, 2019 after it was hit by a twister the day before. A tornado described by firefighters as 'brief but fierce' has damaged about 30 houses in western Germany, leaving 10 uninhabitable. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)
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Roofer work on a damaged building in Roetgen, western Germany, Thursday, March 14, 2019 after it was hit by a twister the day before. A tornado described by firefighters as 'brief but fierce' has damaged about 30 houses in western Germany, leaving 10 uninhabitable. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — A tornado described by firefighters as “brief but fierce” has damaged about 30 houses in western Germany, leaving 10 uninhabitable.

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, on Wednesday afternoon.

A video shows the tornado sweeping through the small town.

Authorities said Thursday that five people were slightly injured.

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