3 Dead as Tornado Hits France

August 6, 2008

A fierce but short-lived tornado has left at least three people dead in northern France.

Inhabitants of four regions are assessing the damage after the tornado collapsed some homes and uprooted trees along its path.

The tornado swept through the Lille region’s town of Hautmont and three other communities shortly before midnight Sunday.

The local prefecture says 13 people have been hospitalized for injuries and three others are dead as a result of the tornado.

In addition, officials say a 76-year-old man whose house was among those destroyed in Hautmont has killed himself, but they could not yet comment on his motive.

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