two dead in a tornado on the island of Pantelleria

A new drama has shaken Italy. A tornado hit the Sicilian island of Pantelleria on Friday, killing two and injuring four, Italian Civil Protection said.

The tornado “hit and overturned six cars,” the agency said on its Facebook page, posting photos showing a vehicle being thrown against a house, and another having landed, dented, in a field.

A firefighter who was not in intervention, is among the dead on this popular island for tourists, closer to North Africa than Italy.

The wind blasted a coastal road in seconds, according to media reports.

“It was an apocalyptic sight,” a paramedic at the scene told Italian news agency ANSA.

A helicopter from the nearby island of Lampedusa was on standby to assist the island as soon as the storm subsided, the agency said.

Pantelleria, famous for its volcanic cliffs and thermal waters, regularly attracts celebrities, such as Sting or Giorgio Armani.

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