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Four people seriously injured as German city hit by tornado

Written by on 30/09/2021

A number of people have been injured – four of them seriously – after a tornado hit the German city of Kiel.

Video on social media showed a tree being uprooted as the plume of air scattered chairs and other objects.

A group of rowers had to be rescued by dozens of first responders as high winds swept across the Baltic Sea shore.

29 September 2021, Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel: A tornado is seen over Kiel in the early evening. According to the police, the tornado whirled several people through the air and washed them into the water in Kiel early Wednesday evening. Photo by: Philipp Brandl/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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Image: Four people were seriously injured. Pic: Philipp Brandl/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

The tornado might have caused significantly more damage had it been in the centre of the northern city rather than in a largely unpopulated area, said an official from Germany’s national weather agency, the DWD.

Germany has between 20 and 60 tornadoes a year, according to the European Severe Weather Database.

Germany tornado - 29 September 2021, Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel: A fallen tree lies on the street. According to the police, a tornado whirled several people through the air and washed them into the water in Kiel early Wednesday evening. Photo by: Wolfgang Schmidt/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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Image: A tree felled by the twister. Pic: Wolfgang Schmidt/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

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