In Germany One dead as rain storms lash, spark rail chaos

Heavy summer storms in northern Germany on Thursday killed a man when a tree crashed onto his car, while railway services were crippled and a tornado was seen near Hamburg.

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A car drives past a fallen tree after heavy storms lashed magdeburg in northern Germany, on June 22, 2017 play

A car drives past a fallen tree after heavy storms lashed magdeburg in northern Germany, on June 22, 2017

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Heavy summer storms in northern Germany on Thursday killed a man when a tree crashed onto his car, while railway services were crippled and a tornado was seen near Hamburg.

Gale-force winds, torrential rains and hail damaged rail tracks and power lines, forcing trains to be halted between Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Kiel and Hanover, the national railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) said.

The man killed was a 50-year-old whose parked car was hit by a tree near the city of Uelzen, also injuring his wife. A falling tree also seriously injured a female cyclist nearby.

In the port city of Hamburg, the weather service reported a rare tornado some 10 kilometres (six miles) from the airport.

In the south of the city, storms damaged house roofs and killed sheep that were hit by toppled trees.

Music fans had to seek shelter in their cars at the venue of a weekend musical festival near Bremen that, ironically, is named "Hurricane".

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