A sudden gust of wind from a “mini tornado” lifted a kite surfer off the ground and hurled him against a restaurant window, killing him instantly.
The incident happened on Saturday evening in Villers-sur-Mer along the Normandy coast in France.
Along with the death of the 31-year-old kitesurfer, five other people were hospitalized and three others were also slightly injured.
A person was also reportedly lost at sea but was later found.
According to Daily Mail meteorologists did not forecast winds strong enough to form what French media described as a “mini tornado”.
Footage captured last night shows high winds picking up clouds of sand as chairs and tables were tossed around.
It also showed beach attendants folding towels and umbrellas.
Thierry Granturco, the mayor of Villers-sur-Mer, described the winds as “violence like we have never experienced on our coasts”.
The winds lasted 20-25 minutes on the Côte Fleurie between Ouistreham and Deauville.
This unexpected and unannounced meteorological phenomenon by Météo-France, the organization that monitors meteorological events.
Speaking to Franceinfo, he said: “It blew more and more violently and it ended in a mini tornado.
“We had a communication with Météo France who informed us that they could not anticipate this kind of mini tornado.
“We knew that we were going to have strong winds, they were announced at the very end of the evening, even in the night, but we did not think that they would be of this violence.”
Earlier this year, a massive tornado swept parts of Germany and left 50 people injured as high winds tore roofs off homes and destroyed cars, according to local reports.
A 37-year-old woman was reportedly airlifted to hospital after being seriously injured in the storm.
While in the United States, a massive ‘multi-vortex’ tornado left one person dead and ripped through homes across a city as residents were urged to take emergency shelter in March.
Shocking footage showed a large black tornado cloud looming in the night sky, while officials warned residents that “complete destruction” was “possible” in the area.
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