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Authorities say at least six people have died in western Germany as heavy rains, hail and high winds battered the region Monday night.

Deadly storms hit western Germany

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 9:39 AM - Severe storms that ripped through western Germany have left at least six people dead, authorities say.

Heavy rain, hail and damaging winds were reported, sending several residents running for shelter Monday night.

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"Radar imagery depicted an intense bow echo swept into northwest Germany Monday, responsible for destructive straight-line winds," said weather.com. "Severe thunderstorms have ravaged parts of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany over the past several days. Supercells deposited hail from baseball to softball size near Paris, France both Sunday and Monday."

According to police, a man and a woman were killed in the North Rhine-Westphalia capital of Duesseldorf while trying to seek refuge in a garden house. The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that a large tree had fallen on the building.

Falling tree limbs in Cologne and Krefeld also killed two bicyclists in separate incidents.

The severe weather has had an impact on air travel as well with many flights from Duesseldorf airport delayed and some train routes still closed on Tuesday.

With files from The Associated Press

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