Tornado in vacationer’s paradise …
Two people died in a hurricane on the Italian island of Pantelleria. Nine more were injured, the Italian civil protection authority announced on Friday.
According to media reports, the tornado devastated a coastal road within seconds. “It was an apocalyptic sight,” said a medic from the Italian news agency Ansa. The cyclone came from the sea and swept across the island in a matter of seconds, according to the civil protection authorities it knocked several cars over, hurling them through the air like toys.
The fatalities are islanders – a firefighter stationed on the island and an 86-year-old man. The victims were in different cars that belonged to the approximately 10 vehicles that the tornado had thrown into the air with force.
Nine people were injured, including two in critical condition, Pantelleria’s mayor Vincenzo Vittorio Campo told Sky TG24 television.
The small volcanic island of Pantelleria is almost halfway between Sicily and Tunisia. It can only be reached by plane from mainland Italy or by ferry and, in addition to azure-blue rocky bays and impressive mountain landscapes, offers enough privacy for all visitors. Giorgio Armani has a large property and Sting and Madonna also like to stop by here.