In pictures: Storms batter Germany

Lightning near Hildesheim, northern Germany. 10 June 2014

Violent storms have swept across western Germany, leaving a trail of destruction and several people dead.

Uprooted tree lies in a street in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 10 June 2014

Strong winds and heavy rain pounded the state of North-Rhine Westphalia after days of scorching temperatures. Thousands of trees were uprooted, like here in Gelsenkirchen.

Lightning strike over Sieversdorf , Germany. 10 June 2014

A cyclist in Cologne was killed by a falling tree that police said was probably struck by lightning. This bolt of lightning struck in Sieversdorf.

Broken branches lie on a car in Neuss, Germany. 10 June 2014

In Neuss, near Duesseldorf, many cars were damaged by falling trees.

Remains of a roof in Neuss, Germany. 10 June 2014

Roofs were ripped from buildings and public transport has been badly hit. Some flights also had to be diverted.

Uprooted tree lies across a car in Dusseldorf, Germany. 10 June 2014

In the city of Duesseldorf, roads were blocked by fallen trees and there was damage to overhead power lines. Forecasters have issued weather warnings for regions to the north-east, including Hanover and Bremen.

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