The German weather service indicates that the storm generated 3 tornadoes | world news

BERLIN (AP) — A storm that swept through parts of Germany has generated three tornadoes, the country’s weather service said Saturday. More than 40 people were injured in a western town.

On Friday, meteorologists had warned of heavy rain, hail and strong winds in western and central Germany, and residents of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia were invited to stay at home. Thursday’s storms had already disrupted traffic, uprooted trees that toppled onto railway tracks and roads, and flooded hundreds of basements in western Germany.

The German weather service has confirmed three tornadoes in North Rhine-Westphalia – in Paderborn, in the neighboring town of Lippstadt and on the outskirts of the town of Hoexter, the dpa news agency reported.

Paderborn police said 43 people were injured there, 30 of whom were taken to hospital. The storm tore roof tiles off, knocked down scaffolding, overturned cars and sent tree branches smashing against windows.

Further south, Bavarian authorities said 14 people were injured on Friday when the wooden hut they were trying to shelter in collapsed during a storm on Lake Brombach, south of Nuremberg.

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