Violent thunderstorms and high winds killed at least eight and injured dozens in both France and Italy, uprooted trees in Italy’s Tuscany and the French island of Corsica.
The strong winds removed brick parts from Venice’s famous Saint Mark’s bell tower, and more than 100 ships in the Mediterranean called for help.
The French Meteorological Agency stated that the storm caused winds of more than 220 km/h in some areas, and electricity was cut off to about 45,000 homes in Corsica, where six people were killed, and authorities said that dozens were injured and 12 were taken to hospital in the island, one of them in critical condition, according to the Spanish newspaper “20 Minutos“.
The Italian regions of Tuscany and Veneto have declared a state of emergency.
Violent storms in the north contrast with temperatures of up to 43 degrees Celsius in southern Italy.