(Reuters) PARIS – A day after hurricane-force winds and rain tore across Corsica, killing five people, France’s weather forecaster removed a significant storm warning for the Mediterranean island.
According to regional head Gilles Simeoni, a decree for natural catastrophes is anticipated to be passed next week. This will assist citizens and companies in filing insurance claims for storm-related damage.
On Thursday morning, the island was swamped by hail, torrential rain, and gusts that reached 225 km/h (140 mph), shattering automobiles and boats, uprooting trees, and causing damage to homes.
Corsica was slammed by the storm while portions of mainland France, which has recently seen a string of heatwaves, wildfires, and severe drought, received more rain in a matter of hours than they have in the previous several months combined.
It really is a conundrum, Simeoni said to Franceinfo. We had been living in constant terror of wildfires for weeks when this rain, which was meant to be helpful, turned into a catastrophic windstorm.
Two of the victims, including a teenage girl, died when trees fell on campsites; two others perished at sea; and one victim passed away when a beach cottage struck her automobile. On Thursday, two more individuals perished in storms in Italy.
After downgrading the weather warning level from “orange” to “yellow,” forecaster Meteo France indicated that additional rain and a few storms were still expected in Corsica on Friday.
On Friday, Simeoni predicted that the more than 5,000 vacationers who had been relocated to temporary shelters on the island may return to their tents.
(Myriam Rivet, Marc Angrand, and Sudip Kar-Gupta contributed the reporting; Ingrid Melander wrote the article; John Stonestreet edited it.)
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