High winds hit Germany as storm moves in; floods feared

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A thunderstorm moves over Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Germany’s national weather service has warned that the west of the country could see heavy storms starting later in the day and going into Friday, with a possibility of tornadoes. The DWD weather service forecast heavy rain and hail in western and northwestern Germany, with some areas seeing gusts of up to 62 miles per hour Thursday. (Stella Venohr/dpa via AP) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BERLIN (AP) — Gusts of wind of up to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) hit areas in western and northwestern Germany on Thursday after the national weather service warned that heavy storms could bring the possibility of tornadoes.

Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia, one of the states hit by a deadly flash flood last July, issued an official storm warning Thursday.

Meteorologists said a storm front moving eastward from neighboring France could result in “extreme” rainfall in central Germany on Friday. There was also a risk that supercells could form, increasing the risk of tornadoes, they said.

Germany, like many of its European neighbors, has experienced a warmer, drier spring than usual this year, with little rainfall and lots of sunshine.

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