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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Severe storms in France and Italy, eight killed

PARIS ( Associated Press) – At least eight people were killed on Thursday in France and Italy after severe thunderstorms and typhoons uprooted trees in Tuscany and the French island of Corsica, and bricks were blown off St. Mark’s famous bell tower in Venice. The pieces fell off. , More than 100 ships called for emergency aid in the Mediterranean.

The French national weather agency Meteo France reported that the storm produced gusts of more than 220 km/h (136 mph) in some areas. About 45,000 homes in Corsica were without electricity, where six people died. Dozens were injured and 12 people were hospitalized in Corsica, one of whom is in critical condition, officials said.

The Italian regions of Tuscany and Veneto have declared a state of emergency. Violent storms in the north were in contrast to temperatures of up to 43 °C (109 Fahrenheit) in southern Italy.

In recent days, the heat of extreme temperatures has been followed by storms in countries in Western Europe, while neighboring countries in Central and Eastern Europe continue to experience exceptional heat and drought.

Two people were killed in separate incidents in Tuscany after storms uprooted trees on Thursday, one near the city of Lucca and another near Carrara. Four others were injured when a tree fell at a camp near Kairara.

A 13-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell at a camp in the coastal city of Sagon in Corsica. A 72-year-old woman was killed when the roof of a beach restaurant in Kogia, south of Sagon, fell on her vehicle. The third victim was a 46-year-old man who died at a camp in Kalvi town.

According to the French Maritime Authority for the Mediterranean, rescue teams found the bodies of a 62-year-old fisherman and an unidentified kayaker off the east and west coasts of Corsica. They both died due to the sudden storm and more than 100 ships stranded, damaged or stranded in the area have sought emergency help, he said. The sixth victim was reported on Thursday night.

French Interior Minister Gerald Dormanin visited the island on Thursday.

In Venice, strong winds tore pieces of brick from the bell tower of San Marco, which stands in front of the famous cathedral. Tourists were evicted from the structure, which was closed. The storm overturned chairs and tables in St. Mark’s Square and elsewhere, and swept away beach chairs at the nearby Lido.

Carlo Alberto Tesserine, caretaker of the basilica and bell tower, said the winds suddenly intensified and died within five minutes. “These were not normal winds for us,” Tesserin told the Associated Press.

In northern Italy, a violent overnight storm forced the closure of a train line southeast of Genoa, when strong winds blew booths and other objects onto tracks from nearby beaches, disrupting the circuit. was harmed.

A storm hit Italy’s busiest beach during a weeklong holiday. Sestri Levanti Mayor Valentina Ghio said tornadoes were expected and asked visitors to stay off the beaches until inclement weather had passed.

Walnut-sized hail damaged areas of the Liguria region, breaking windows of houses and damaging gardens and gardens.

While northern Italy has suffered its worst drought in decades this year, heavy rains in recent days caused scattered hailstorms, tornadoes and floods to destroy vineyards and olive groves as well as whole fruit, according to the agricultural group. and damaged or destroyed vegetable crops. ,

Thunderstorms in southern France on Wednesday flooded metro stations, Marseille’s Old Port and the city’s main court and closed nearby beaches. Winds of more than 100 km/h (60 mph) were recorded at the top of the Eiffel Tower during floods on Tuesday.

Violent storms have lashed France and neighboring countries in recent days, following the heat of drought, heat waves and wildfires.

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Associated Press writers Colleen Barry in Milan, Bella Szandelszky in Budapest and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.

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