At least 2 dead as a tornado hits Italian Island

At least 2 dead as a tornado hits Italian Island

At least 2 dead as a tornado hits Italian Island

At least two people have been killed after a tornado swept through an Italian island.

Nine others were injured as the whirlwind overturned cars and ripped off roofs on the tourist hotspot of Pantelleria, according to Italy’s civil protection agency. Four of the wounded remain in a critical condition.

Emergency services were waiting for the weather conditions to improve before flying the wounded to hospitals in Palermo by helicopter. Firefighters also said electricity poles had been bent over, roofs damaged and trees knocked down in the tornado.

Once a huge volcano, Pantelleria – dubbed the black pearl of the Mediterranean is famed for its hot spring waters and attracts thousands of tourists every year, including Sting and Giorgio Armani, who owns a luxury villa there.