Massive storms hitting Europe have killed at least 13 people in Italy, Austria and France this week, according to the BBC.
Drive the news: Authorities said hurricane-force winds of up to 136 mph hitting the French island of Corsica caused a tree to fall killing a 13-year-old girl at a campsite on Thursday. Debris from the storm system was also reported at sites in Venice, Italy; and parts of Austria and Slovakia.
Meanwhile, streets in Provence, Franceand London, England, flooded due to heavy rain on Wednesday.
Our thought bubble via Andrew Freedman of Axios: This was a rare complex of long-lasting severe thunderstorms that you might see roaring across the Midwest during the summer – except this time it crossed national borders.
The big picture: The storms follow a summer of extreme heat, drought and massive forest fires caused by climate change across Europe.