Storm and strong winds hit Corsica, at least three dead

Storm and strong winds hit Corsica, at least three dead
Storms on Corsica. Credit: Twitter screenshot

Three people have died and severalmore are injured after hurricane winds hit Corsica on Thursday, leaving 45,000 households without electricity, according to Corsican authorities.

Heavy rain, hail and winds of up to 225 km per/h battered the French island, after other parts of France have suffered several heatwaves, wildfires and drought.

Victims included a 46-year-old male French tourist who died when a tree fell onto his bungalow. A 13-year-old girl died when a tree fell in the campsite she was visiting. A 72-year-old woman died when her car was hit by the roof that had been blown off a beach hut.

At least 12 people were injured and rescue operations continue. On Thursday morning, Corsica's weather services forecast extreme weather conditions.

On mainland France, grid operator Enedis reported that 1,000 households were left without power after a different storm struck southern Louire and Ain energy departments.

In Marseille on Wednesday evening, streets were flooded and surges of water flowed through the port city, videos on social media show.

Paris was also impacted by floods on its streets and metro, social media videos show.

Meanwhile, other parts of the country have been affected by drought as the river Loire's waters are now so low that even tourist barges can barely sail on it.

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