Tornadoes strike Amsterdam, Luxembourg, leaving several hurt as wild storms slam Europe
Nearly two dozen people were injured after a tornado ripped through the southern part of Luxembourg on Friday while another twister swept through Amsterdam as severe storms rocked northern Europe.
Amateur footage obtained by the Associated Press showed the rare tornado in Amsterdam as it ripped through the Dutch capital on Friday night.
No one was injured, but there were a handful of reports of damage from the unseasonal storms.
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In Luxembourg, 19 people were injured after a tornado left a path of destruction in the southwestern Luxembourg communities of Pettingen and Kaerjeng.
The Luxembourg Times reported Saturday that more than 100 homes were now uninhabitable, and one person was in serious condition after suffering a heart attack during the twister. Debris and damaged cars were left strewn around the area, while at least four power poles were destroyed.
Photos posted to Twitter showed the extensive damage after the storm moved through.
"Architects are going to come and survey the damage. Meanwhile, we will coordinate to cover the roofs," Paul Schroeder, director general of Luxembourg's fire and rescue service, told residents, according to Luxembourg French-language newspaper L'Essentiel.
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The tornado was less destructive in nearby eastern France, but local media reported that dozens of roofs were ruined and cars were damaged in the communities of Longwy and Herserange.
Tornadoes are very unusual in Europe, where fierce gales that are more the norm also created hazardous conditions.
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In southern Germany, 15 soccer players were injured by a lightning strike while practicing in Rosenfeld-Heiligenzimmern. The group all sustained minor injuries, and were transported to area hospitals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.