Brit woman among six dead in Corsica horror storm after disappearing while kayaking as island was hit by 140-mile tornado gusts

AT LEAST six have been killed, including a British woman, after violent thunderstorms swept across the island of Corsica yesterday.

Rescuers found the holidaymaker’s body near Bastia in the north of the island after her husband told police she had disappeared while kayaking.

Hail, torrential rain and winds peaking at 224 km/h (140 mph) swept across the island early in the day

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Hail, torrential rain and winds peaking at 224 km/h (140 mph) swept across the island early in the dayCredit: Alamy
Campgrounds were hit hard by the 140-mph storms, injuring 12

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Campgrounds were hit hard by the 140-mph storms, injuring 12Credit: Alamy

In southern Corsica, a 13-year-old girl died when a tree fell at a campsite and a 72-year-old woman was killed when her car was hit by a beach hut roof, authorities said.

A 46-year-old French man died when a tree fell on a campsite bungalow in the north, authorities said. A 23-year-old Italian woman was injured in the same spot and taken to hospital in critical condition.

A fisherman and someone traveling by canoe also died, authorities said. Interior Minister Darmanin did not give details of the sixth death.

Footage showed hail, heavy rain and 140 mph winds battering the island, knocking trees down on homes and campsites while leaving many homes without power.

Cedric Boell, manager of Les Gones Corses restaurant in northern Corsica, said: “We have never seen such violent storms, you would think it was a tropical storm.”

Yolhanlev, 24, a wildlife photographer staying at a campground near San-Nicolao in the island’s northeast, said the storm tore through the terrain, uprooting trees and damaging mobile homes.

He said: “There was no warning. …I’m not afraid, just amazed. Nobody expected it.”

In central Italy, two people were killed by falling trees on Thursday as violent storms battered several regions.

Local authorities last night ordered the immediate evacuation of all campsites in southern Corsica after warnings of another wave of storms.

“TORNADO-LIKE GUSTS”

The storm raged as many areas of France – which has been battered by heat waves and severe drought – saw more rain in a matter of hours than in recent months combined.

Meteo France’s forecaster said: “Storms formed at sea will hit large parts of the west coast of Corsica on Thursday night into Friday.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said he called an emergency government meeting via video conference on Thursday evening to respond to the crisis.

Visiting Corsica, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that at one point around 350 people had been reported missing because pleasure boats had capsized or drifted away, but he added they had all now been found alive and well.

Witnesses to the morning storm, which destroyed campsites, delayed trains and uprooted trees, said they had never seen anything like it on the island.

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