Cold, torrential rain and high winds suddenly engulfed French Corsica, a popular tourist island, on Thursday.
– We weren’t ready at all. Yulhan Nevu, a British nature photographer from a camping site in the northeastern part of the island, told Reuters.
Trees are uprooted Mobile homes were destroyed as winds much higher than hurricane force swept the island. In many places, more rain fell in a few hours than in the past few months combined.
In western Corsica died A 13-year-old girl was killed by a falling tree at a campground and a 72-year-old woman was killed when the roof of a beach house collapsed. Another woman was killed by a falling tree at another camping site.
About 45,000 homes were without electricity during the unexpected storm.
The French meteorological institute Météo France announced that the island was hit by severe thunderstorms accompanied by strong hurricane-like storms, causing severe damage. The path of the storm was difficult to predict, and a warning was issued for Corsica only as the storm approached.