Storms in Europe kill several people in France, Italy and Austria


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.

In photos: Destructive storms hit Europe
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin (left) walks past a damaged car as he visits the Sagone campsite in Corsica on August 18. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
A parasol lies on the ground on the terrace of the Eden bar in Piazza San Marco in Venice on August 18, 2022, due to bad weather.
A parasol lies on the ground in Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, following a storm on August 18. Photo: Andrew Pattaro/AFP via Getty Images
Firefighters salvage a souvenir stall that ended up in Venice's Grand Canal due to high winds on August 18.
Firefighters recover a souvenir stand that ended up in the Grand Canal in Venice due to high winds on August 18. Photo: Andrea Pattaro/AFP via Getty Images
    Fallen branches and trees are seen near Lake St. Andraer after a severe storm in Lavanttal, southern Austria, on August 18, 2022 killed two children.
Fallen branches and trees are seen near Lake St. Andraer after a severe storm hit in Lavanttal, southern Austria, on August 18, 2022, killing two children. Photo: Georg Bachhiesl/APA/AFP via Getty Images
    A car negotiates a flooded section of road, as torrential rain and thunderstorms batter the country on August 17, 2022 in London, England.
A car negotiates a flooded section of a London road as torrential rain and thunderstorms batter England on August 17. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

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