The storm complex was moving very quickly, increasing the risk of wind. Strong storms hit the capital of Ajaccio on Corsica’s southwest coast at 8:15 a.m. local time on Thursday, before reaching Cap Corse on the northeastern tip at around 9:15 a.m. meteor sky. That’s a forward speed of about 70 mph.
Preliminary wind reports in Corsica include: 140 mph (225 km/h) in Marignana, 128 mph (206 km/h) in L’Île-Rousse, 122 mph (197 km/h) in Calvi ) and 116 mph (188 km/h) at Bocognano, among others.
Dramatic video from Corsica’s Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport shows the extreme devastation that can be caused by 136 mph winds, equivalent to the strength of a Category 4 hurricane. Winds damaged According to Airlive, one of the wings of the Airbus A319, a 156-passenger commercial aircraft, was bent due to the storm.
According to AP, at least five people died in and around French Island during the storm: a 13-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man died in two camps; A 72-year-old woman died as a result of the roof falling on her car; and two people died at sea – a kayaker and a 62-year-old fisherman whose bodies washed ashore after the storm.
Several others were reportedly injured and at least a dozen were hospitalized in Corsica. Strong winds left 45,000 people without electricity.
On the way to the system, two people were killed and several others were injured when trees fell on the campsite in the Italian province of Tuscany. The roaring winds in Venice, the famous St. Mark square and pieces of brick directly to St. Mark’s bell tower, the tallest structure in the city.
Dramatic video of the storm in Piombino, Italy shows the wheel’s carriages spinning out of control as the whirlwind spins rapidly in the storm, with howling winds taking over the wheel’s performance. According to the AP, hailstones the size of walnuts have caused severe damage in Italy’s Liguria region, breaking windows and damaging farmland already scorched by drought.
The storm continued to bring severe thunder and strong winds as it tore through parts of northern Italy. Video from the Slovenian town of Kranj shows strong winds tearing off the roof of what appears to be a large apartment complex and damaging cars parked below.
in Austria, another amazing video showing high voltage power poles bent in half. according to report At least 65,000 people in the central Austrian state of Styria lost power during the storm, which packed winds of at least 139 km/h (86 mph), Austrian broadcaster ORF reported.
Elsewhere in Austria, at least two children were killed when strong winds toppled trees near a busy lake in the Carinthia region.
The storm’s peak winds were the highest ever recorded over a mountain range in Europe. Such strong wind flavors are in widespread fashion unusual in summer in the region. Most of them widespread wind damage events occurs in summer to fall, usually from strong midlatitude storm systems that dance along the jet stream.
Some think the storm could qualify for a derecho — a widespread and long-lived wind that is at least 60 miles wide and causes 400 miles of damage. Even then, the storm system should have sustained winds of at least 58 mph along most of its length, with a few gusts of at least 75 mph, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
About one large derecho, or several on a smaller scale, occurs in Europe each year. for Research by the European Severe Storms Laboratory Most of these convective storms have smaller and less intense tracks than Thursday’s wind, according to (ESSL) scientists. The location and directional movement also seem a bit unusual.
This is reminiscent of the derecho that hit Germany, including Berlin, in July 2002. That storm complex caused the death of 8 people and injured 50 people.
Authors a study on this found that “severe convection may reach a size and intensity comparable to that in the United States.”
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