Victims on the French island of Corsica due to strong winds

Victims on the French island of Corsica due to strong winds

At least one dead and another seriously injured is the preliminary result of the storm hitting the French island of Corsica today, where wind speeds of more than 200 kilometers per hour were measured.

Corsica, the southernmost of metropolitan France’s 13 regions, was placed on Orange Alert this morning, the second highest, by the agency Météo France, due to the bad weather that has been affecting the whole country since Tuesday.

According to press reports, wind gusts of up to 224 kilometers per hour were measured today at the Marignana station, around 30 kilometers from Sagone.

Yesterday, 13 departments in northern and southern France were monitored, with extreme episodes in Saint-Etienne, where hail turned the ground white in midsummer, Lyon and Marseille, a port city where they accumulated in just 24 hours, equivalent to several months of rain .

The storms injured people yesterday, at least two seriously in Correze, and forced evictions and road closures in some areas in events that followed the season’s fourth heatwave.

Experts warn that climate change will make extreme events in Europe more frequent and more intense.

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