Tornado in Pantelleria kills two people who were thrown out of their cars

By AP & David Flett

A tornado on the Italian island of Pantelleria has killed two people and injured several others.

The twister struck the island, which lies south of Sicily in the Mediterranean, shortly before 7pm (5pm GMT) on Friday night with the victims identified as a firefighter who is stationed on the island and an 86-year-old man.

Both were killed after their cars were among 10 vehicles that were swept up by the force of the tornado.

In a tweet, the firefighters said: "Utility poles bent over, roofs damaged and trees knocked down."

The largely arid island is popular with tourists, but the Italian news agency ANSA confirmed that both dead people were residents.

It was reported that at least one car landed on its roof while another ended up on its smashed front end.

Pantelleria Mayor Vincenzo Vittorio Campo told Sky TG24 TV that nine people had been injured, including two in a critical condition, while no one appeared to be missing on the island.

The dead were thrown free of their vehicles, with one victim landing on a low wall and the other on the ground, ANSA said.

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