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High Winds Hit Germany as Storm Moves In; Floods Feared

Firefighters remove a tree that fell on a car during a thunderstorm in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 19.

Firefighters remove a tree that fell on a car during a thunderstorm in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 19.

Photographer: Bernd M'rz/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

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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.