Rare tornado leaves trail of destruction in western Germany

BERLIN, May 17 (Reuters) - A rare tornado hit a populated area in western Germany, leaving a trail of destruction in the area west of Duesseldorf and injuring at least two people, officials said on Thursday.

Several houses were severely damaged while dozens of trees fell on cars, forcing police to cordon off roads to the town of Boisheim, a district spokesman said.

A motorist was seriously injured and a firefighter suffered an electric shock, the spokesman added. Police also said one person was seriously injured.

The tornado on Wednesday hit several towns.

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Rare tornado leaves trail of destruction in western Germany
A caravan sits in a garden after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Workers remove debris from a roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A caravan sits in a garden after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A man removes debris after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Workers remove roof tiles after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A caravan sits in a garden after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Workers remove roof tiles after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A worker carries roof tiles after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A worker climbs on a damaged tree after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A workers checks a roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Workers remove debris from a roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Workers repair a roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Workers remove debris after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A man removes debris after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
A worker on a damaged roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Debris sit on a street as workers repair a roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Workers repair a roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Workers repair a roof after a tornado last night hit the area of Boisheim, west of Duesseldorf, Germany, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
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(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Alison Williams)

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