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Tornado rips through Luxembourg, France

Pierrick Bourgeois, REUTERS | Damages left by a tornado are seen in Petange, Luxembourg, August 9, 2019, in this image obtained from social media.

A huge tornado ripped across southwest Luxembourg on Friday leaving at least seven people injured, authorities said, as images posted on social media showed the powerful twister whipping roofs and other debris into the air.

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With winds reaching 128 kilometres per hour (80 miles per hour), according to the meteorological office, the tornado smashed through towns near the borders with Belgium and France on Friday evening.

Footage posted on social media showed the swirling winds towering above homes and roads and tearing up roofs and tree branches high into the air.

The Luxembourg government, which released the toll, has set up a crisis unit.

Around 100 homes have been damaged, Pierre Mellina, mayor of the town of Petange, told RTL media.

Other images broadcast showed roads blocked and vehicles damaged.

The local fire service said the electricity had been cut to certain areas "preventatively".

As the tornado entered France late Friday it damaged homes in the Meurthe-et-Moselle region, but there were no reports of injuries, according to local authorities.

Witnesses filmed the tornado as it left Luxembourg

(AFP)

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