Three people die in a hailstorm in Corsica

Three people die in a hailstorm in Corsica

A 13-year-old girl was killed by a tree at a campsite. French Interior Minister Darmanin reports winds of over 200 kilometers per hour.

Three people died in severe storms on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. As the prefecture announced on Thursday morning, a 13-year-old girl was hit by a tree at a campsite in Sagone, on the island’s west coast. French media reported that the tree had fallen on a van. A 72-year-old woman died on a beach south of Sagone after the roof of a beach hut collapsed on her vehicle.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wrote on Twitter the morning of a third death. According to the French news agency AFP, he was a 46-year-old man. Darmanin wanted to travel to the island in the afternoon.

Darmanin wrote that gusts of over 200 kilometers per hour had blown over Corsica. According to the prefecture, twelve people were injured in the storms in the south of the island, one of them seriously. 45,000 families were left without electricity on the island and there were also violent storms in other parts of France. Videos showed streets in Marseille and nearby Cassis flooded late on Wednesday.