Witnesses say that cars were hurled 70 m (230 ft) and roof tiles blown off buildings, including the local hospital. In the city of Hamburg, a man was killed and his pregnant girlfriend hurt when flying debris hit their car.
German media had reported wind speeds of up to 119km/h (74mph) in Geilenkirchen north of Aachen, and officials said at least 30 people across the region had been hurt by flying debris.
The storm came after a spell of unusually warm weather across northern Germany. Met officials forecast more rain, thunder and lightning on Thursday.
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